Address given to a Regional Bereavement Practitioners Discussion Group Gathering on Living with Trauma and Loss – Helena Wong, 17/8/2013.
The issue surrounding death is very confronting for most people especially the death of a child. It is more so when it relates to the death of a child as a result of overdose. If the cause of death is of natural causes or a disease like cancer, others are very forthcoming with their sympathy. However when the death is an overdose, others find it awkward and do not know how to react and often in their minds, they are quick to judgment of the person who used drugs and their family. Hence the grief is not validated, adding another layer to the grieving process. By allowing me to tell my story you are helping me to heal.
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