Losing a loved one at any age is never easy. In moments your life can change so suddenly and nothing about that experience seems fair or makes any sense. The grief process impacts each and every child differently. One of the hardest things to do is to be able to find joy after loss. Sometimes reflecting on the fondest memories with the person one has lost becomes a healthy and helpful way to cope. A woman tells her story of losing her father at 10 in her story “Finding Gratitude and Happiness”, and how she was able to find happiness after such great loss by learning from him and his way of life.
“I have done my best to fill my life up with everything that is important — love, family, happiness. I’ve made the decision to feel grateful for the small pleasures in life and to do my best not to dwell on the little ways life is not always perfect. Am I always successful? Of course not. And that’s ok. We all need to be sad sometimes and mourn both the small and big disappointments in our lives. But, for me at least, it’s not ok to let this sadness consume me. To become who I am.”
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You can find many other inspiring stories and helpful resources about dealing with grief at The New York Life Foundation.