William G. Harris, Supervisor

Daniel Kovacs, Supervisor

Laurel Highlands Crematory

Losing a Child


Mourning the death of your child is an essential part of healing. Mourning is the open expression of your thoughts and feelings regarding the death of your child. You will need to share your grief outside of yourself. The death of your child may have come suddenly without warning. It is important to take a "moment-to-moment" or "one-day-at-a-time" approiach that allows you to grieve at your own pace.

You may experience a variety of emotions as part of your grief. These emotions are normal and healthy. Allow yourself to learn from these feelings and find someone who understands and you can talk to.

You should slow down on important decisions. Waiting to make major decisions after you have felt the numbness and shock of the death of your child will help lessen complicated matters.

It is important to gather keepsakes that will help you remember and treasure the life of your child, such as pictures and special items.

Develop a support system where you may talk amongst family and friends about your loss. You can talk about your grief and search for a meaning behind his/her death. The capacity to love requires the necessity to grieve when your child dies. You can't heal unless you express your grief. Remember, grief is a process and is your ability to heal.

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