During the first few weeks after losing my son to suicide, I was lost and confused. I did not want to attend a group counseling session. I did not want to see a therapist. I wanted something different, but I knew I needed something.
I made the decision to go back to work just a week after the funeral. I needed some structure and I thought work was a place for me to regain my ability to concentrate. I spent the first days searching for information that would help validate how I was feeling. I utilized my company’s Work/Life Balance website and found a small online support group. I was able to journal and receive responses from other mother who had lost a child. I found this peer counseling format very comforting. I learned to be gentle with myself and dealing with grief if different for everyone.
I remained active with that support group for the first 6 months. After a while I found I was visiting the site less often, but always kept my membership. It’s been 4 years and I’m still so very thankful for the support and validation I received from my little online peer support group.
This topic was modified 10 months, 1 week ago by Colleen.