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How can I cope with the death of a parent?

If you have lost a parent, some of the suggested strategies below may prove comforting.
  • Acknowledge submerged feelings. Sometimes, family members resurrect old hurts and patterns after a death. Planning a funeral and distributing belongings can be flash points. Try your best to communicate and avoid misunderstandings. Take a moment to remember that each person grieves in his or her own way.
  • Pass the baton. Ask the youngest family member at holiday gatherings to say a blessing once given by your parent, or ask everyone to join in.
  • Plan for difficult days. Mother's Day, Father's Day, birthdays, and other family holidays can be especially painful. Plan an outing your parent would have enjoyed or a commemorative activity.

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