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Unmasking Grief Chapter 1: ‘We were broken but we didn’t show it’: Grieving in anticipation of my child dying

Chapter 1: ‘We were broken but we didn’t show it’:  Grieving in anticipation of my child dying shares the grief experience of Angela, Yvonne, Bec and Rachel as they each confronted the reality of their child dying. They discuss the enigma of holding life, beauty, joy and the anticipation of their child’s death in balance.

1. How would you describe your experience of grieving before your child died? (00:10)
2. What other losses did you experience throughout this time? (04:27)
3. How can healthcare professionals avoid causing unnecessary pain? (07:23)
4. How did you balance grieving in anticipation of your child’s death and embracing life and living? (14:45)
5. What did you learn throughout this time that you would like to share with others? (22:49)

If you would prefer to read these stories Chapter 1 - We were broken but we didnt show it

Viewing these stories and confronting suffering may not be easy. When feeling vulnerable, some people find it helpful to lean into the comfort of trusted family and friends, a family doctor or counsellor.

If you are seeking urgent support we encourage you to contact Lifeline on 13 11 14.

  These videos have been funded as part of the Paediatric Palliative Care National Action Plan Project. This Project has been funded by the Australian Government.