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Chapter 4: ‘Living a backward treasure hunt’: Trying to put myself back together again

In Chapter 4, 'Living a backward treasure hunt': Trying to put myself back together again Rachel, Bec, Angela and Yvonne reflect on the years that have passed since their child died and what they have noticed shifting within themselves as they embrace a new life and a new identity. Each mother shares the constantly evolving relationship they are forming with their child who has died. Their story shares the parallel experience of sorrow and joy.

1. Can you describe the experience of grieving as time goes on and how this has changed you? (00:10)
2. How does it make you feel when people share ‘but you are so strong’? (05:44)
3. How was it for you moving through what would have been their milestone moments? (10:07)
4. How has becoming a bereaved parent impacted your capacity to parent your other children? (14:50)
5. When are the times you experience joy in your life? (20:44)

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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.

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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.