7 Ways to Cope after Losing a Parent at a Very Young Age ...


I lost my father at age 25 and unfortunately had to learn of the many ways to cope after losing a parent at such a young age. I felt lucky to have been able to spend so much quality time with my dad, but there were many years during my teens that we struggled with our relationship after my parents' divorce. I suffered not having a father in my home for years at a critical point in my teens, which led me to feel insecure, afraid of intimacy, and overall have a rocky relationship with my dad. In my early twenties, he and I rekindled our relationship, and by the time he tragically passed away in a car accident years later, we were the best of friends. Though my grief isn’t as panic stricken as it once was, I can tell you that I still deal with his loss in a major way, but I’ve also learned so much along the way too. I know many people have lost parents at a young age, and if you’re struggling with ways to deal, I have some good news. There are many ways to cope after losing a parent that can be helpful to you during such a hard time. There is a choice that must come when a parent dies, when we decide how we’re going to cope. One road can take us down destruction, while another can take us to growth and healing. I hope you’ll choose the second road by following a few of these tips, and remember; it’s never too late to start.

1. Face It

During the time of my father’s death, I struggled with facing the truth of what had happened, which is one of the best ways to cope after losing a parent. I allowed myself to get so caught up in planning his funeral, taking care of legal matters, and finishing my college degree, that I never really took the time to stop and face what had happened. I tried to keep so busy and keep taking care of business matters, that I never stopped long enough to allow myself to face the deep, burning hurt I felt inside. The truth was, I wanted to stop, fall to the floor and cry like a little girl who had just lost her Daddy, because honestly, that’s what I felt like inside- a little girl. Instead of doing that, I prolonged my grieving, refusing to break down and face what I was really feeling. Do yourself a favor and don’t be afraid to hurt or face the facts of the truth. You’ll have to face it sooner or later, and trust me, sooner is always better than later so you can begin to move on.

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