by Erin Troup, LPC, NCC, CT
Raising a child is a tough job, arguably the TOUGHEST job in the world! Imagine how much tougher that job can be when grief has overtaken our ability to even be present for ourselves let alone a child in our care. We often hide grief from the young ones we love. We feel it might be a scary topic for them, or something they should not be exposed to. How do we allow ourselves to grieve and feel comfortable sharing our grief with the young children in our lives without feeling like we may hurt their emotional development and their world view over time?