Single parent families deal with many other pressures and potential problem areas that the nuclear family does not have to face.The single parent can help family members face these difficulties by talking with each other about their feelings and working together to tackle problems.Support from friends, other family members and the church or synagogue can help too.
According to the article “Childhood Leukemia” in the New England Journal of Medicine, the duration of grief symptoms is affected by several factors.
My daughter, Eliza, was born at 26 weeks and 4 days, weighing 1 pound, 4 ounces (to put this in perspective she was about the size of a small bottle of water).
From the day Eliza was born I knew I was going to be the parent of a child with some kind of special need.
Research has shown that when the death is traumatic or when the parents witness the death or find the body of their child, they are likely to be more traumatized by the experience, become obsessed with the death, and replay the events over and over in their heads.
Conversely, if the parents do not see the body of the deceased of if the child disappears, as in child abduction, they are likely to stay in a state of denial and disbelief for a longer period of time.