Estil Canterbury Profile
Please join my group - Loss of a Grandchild/Healing Arms
I am a graduate student in Counseling Education seeking a master's degree in Community Counseling. I am currently completing my internship at Mercy St. Vincent Children's Hospital as part of the Maternal Child Pediatric Palliative Care Team. My specialty is anticipatory grief counseling and bereavement counseling. I am also working under supervision at The Mercy Family Care Center in the OB clinic performing counseling duties. In my 'past life,' I was a professor of philosophy.
I counsel families who have lost a child due to miscarriage, stillbirth or neonatal death. In addition, I counsel families who have lost a child due to parental neglect, suicide, or abuse. These deaths are often disenfranchised because society rarely "allows" for "real" mourning because parents and families are blamed for these deaths. Personally, I found that the loss of a grandchild is also disenfranchised. Grandparents are usually so busy helping their children that they forget about themselves, and society is all to happy to oblige this attitude. But a grandparent's grief is just as important, equally traumatizing, and more often than not, complicated, because it is not "allowed" or there is no time. But we MUST make time - for our health and for our children's health.