Many parents feel profound isolation and letdown by friends, families, and colleagues. The loss is so big, so great that it is nearly impossible for most people to be fully supportive. Rebuilding or sustaining relationships often requires considerable time and energy in the months and years to follow.

Beyond the relationships with your other children, maintaining a marriage while working through grief can present unique challenges for both parents.  Mothers and fathers may grieve differently, making family continuity and unity a struggle.

Despite the many challenges you will face, there will be surprising and reassuring revelations among your family, friends, and colleagues. Some will step forward and become sound supporters during such a turbulent time.