Misconceptions about Grief

There are several common myths about grief:

  • All losses of loved ones are the same.
  • All parents grieve in the same way.
  • Grief steadily declines over time.
  • Infant death should not be difficult because you did not know the baby well.
  • Children need to be protected from grief and death.
  • Couples who experience the death of a child have a higher incidence of divorce.
  • It is not important to have social support in your grief.
  • It takes two months to get over grief.
  • Children grieve like adults.
  • Parents only feel crazy if they are going crazy.
  • The intensity and length of your grief are testimony to your love for the deceased.
  • Bereaved parents do not have a relationship with the deceased baby after the death.