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Grieving and Letting Go of Your Children

Ep. 42

To grieve is not only about feeling sadness; it is also the process of letting go. We grieve when someone dies, but we also do it when a relationship dies, when someone stops being part of our life or gets away from it for some time. 


Today's conversation might be as hard and painful as necessary. Grieving our relationship with our children is not an easy task. I know it by experience, and as we go through it, it will take us to places we don't want to go. Memories will pop up and make us feel excruciating pain. 


This episode is directed to grieving moms, although dads, siblings, and the other family members can take notes and use this information to grow and heal. We'll delve into one of the hardest things I had to deal with myself, grieving and letting go of our children. Grieving the relationship we had with our kids, the changes, the loss of many things buried in the past. 


We also talk about the two ways of letting go I use in my own practice, the crucial importance of letting shaming and blaming aside, and the greatest gift we can give to our children. We talk about the true meaning of unconditional love, Kübler-Ross' five stages of grief, and we remind ourselves that growth never stops, and neither should we.


In This Episode, You Will Learn:

  • It is not about ending a relationship; it is about redefining how we will navigate the new relationship (2:40)
  • Setting healthy boundaries to protect ourselves (4:31)
  • The two ways of letting go (5:33)
  • The greatest gift we can give to our children (11:36)
  • About the five stages of grief and how we go through them (16:58)
  • The challenging task of allowing our children to be grown-ups (21:36)


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