Joan E. Childs, LCSW was a recent guest speaker at our local chapter of The Compassionate Friends, a self-help support group for bereaved parents, grandparents, and siblings. Joan, herself a bereaved parent, was warm, caring, compassionate and very well received by our group. Joan openly shared the story of her daughter’s mental illness and eventual suicide as well as listening to all our stories. An excellent speaker, Joan offered hope to bereaved parents in all stages of their grief as well as raising awareness about mental illness.
The Compassionate Friends:
Providing Grief Support After the Death of a Child
“The Compassionate Friends is about transforming the pain of grief into the elixir of hope. It takes people out of the isolation society imposes on the bereaved and lets them express their grief naturally. With the shedding of tears, healing comes. And the newly bereaved get to see people who have survived and are learning to live and love again.”
When you suffer a loss, it’s important to understand the psychological, emotional and physical effects involved. The extremes that you’re dealing with are understandable and manageable, and there are steps you can take to begin working through the grief.
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