How to Get Over the Death of a Child

By Ricky Andromeda

The death of a child is the hardest thing parents will ever face. Nobody expects their children to pass on before them, so it comes as both a shock and a tragic loss. There are many things you can do and resources to use to help you get over the death of a child, but you will never be the same. It's nearly impossible to get over the death of a child fully, but you can learn to acknowledge your grief, take care of yourself and move on with your life.

Step 1

Express your grief and acknowledge your loss. Start a diary or a memory book and write about your lost child whenever you think about him. Jot down your feelings and memories or things he did. This helps you acknowledge that he is gone and reinforce the good memories. Even though your child is gone, he is not forgotten.

Step 2

Confide in your spouse, partner or close family. Don't be afraid to share your feelings and discuss your grief with them. They will be there for you and are experiencing similar grief. Part of dealing with your grief is expressing it and sharing your feelings.

Step 3

Relax and avoid making big decisions about anything until you are ready to. Don't decide to move, change jobs or buy a new house because this added stress can compound your pain.

Step 4

Eat well and exercise. Maintain your physical health to encourage positive thinking and good mental well-being.

Step 5

Find and join a support or church group to connect with other parents who have lost a child. Seek counseling or therapy if you'd rather speak in private with a medical professional. Bring your partner or best friend to help you.