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Bereavement Support for Adult Children
Facing the Death of a Parent
The mental picture most have of an "orphaned child" is a sad-faced youngster trying to make sense of a scary world. But what about facing the death of a parent when you are no longer a "youngster?" Even grownups face the hard task of saying goodbye to a parent.
Do not try to get through grief on your own. Lean on the support offered by friends, colleagues and other supportive people. Allow them to help you; accept the offer of a meal or a task with gratitude. Especially if you are a friend to an adult whose parent has died, you will want to read our free brochure, Twelve Ways to Help a Grieving Friend.
While connecting with others is vital, remember that some members of your family may not be able to provide this emotional support. Remember that every individual's relationship with a parent is unique, and each person's grief will reflect those differences. Joining a bereavement support group or talking with a counselor can be especially helpful, along with the other suggestions offered on our page, Finding Yourself in Grief. You can also download a copy of our brochure, How to Find a Grief Support Group.
In addition, you might find help in the following books, written especially about, by and for people dealing with the death of a parent:
Visit our Additional Grief Resources page or, for even more helpful information, informative literature and trusted guidance, contact your local Selected Independent Funeral Home by using our Member Locator.