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Working with Parents



DOUBT, ANXIETY, GUILT, RELIEF, FEAR, DISTRESS, UPSET, ANGER, SADNESS, EMPTY, DESPAIRE, REMISSION, JOY, SHARING THE LOAD, FEELIN A FAILURE, OPTIMISTIC, EXHAUSTED, SUICIDAL AND SUPPORTED.

Since we are all different, no one parent's experience is going to be shared by all within the same situation. However, there may be some simliarities that we can draw comfort from.

Not all emotions felt are negative, since some parents have told me that they felt that god had chosen them for this task and therefore viewed their disabled child as a 'gift.'

Others have told me that they wanted to give up and have considered adopting out their child, since the grief and loss of what should have been their 'perfect' child was overwhelming.

What is most important to remember is that there is no right or wrong way to feel. There is no right or wrong way to think. There is no right or wrong way to behave. Every parent's expoeience is individual and persoanl to them and it is not for others to judge, whether they are professioanls, friends or families. Until you have lived through this situation, it is impossible to predict who you might feel and therefore unhelpful and obstructive to judge others.






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