Some degree of grief is very common following a miscarriage, but there is no ‘right’ way to feel and individuals may react quite differently. Some people experience feelings of loss that may persist, and some experience mixed emotions about trying to conceive again. Miscarriage counselling with a psychologist or clinical psychologist can be helpful in working through mixed emotions and grief.
The loss of a baby at any time can be one of the most bleak and lonely experiences a parent or parent-to-be can go through. The loss of a baby through stillbirth or neonatal death is devastating for the parents-to-be and their families. As a bereaved parent you may experience a mixture of emotions, including shock, despair and deep grief, which can impact on every aspect of your life. It is very challenging to pick yourself up and keep going with your day-to-day life, and this impacts the dynamics of the whole family, including any other children. Sometimes after a period of time a decision is made to try to fall pregnant again, and it is only natural that, following loss, there may be feelings of guilt about moving on, and increased anxiety about the possibility of a future pregnancy.
Grief can be utterly exhausting. Grieving a loss such as this can be challenging because others may not acknowledge your loss as you would like them to. It is common for partners to grieve differently and this may lead to confusion and misunderstandings. Because of these complexities, it can be especially helpful to speak with a psychologist or clinical psychologist at this time.
Forest for the Trees Perinatal Psychology is here to support you through miscarriage and loss. We are here for you at this distressing time. Please contact us here.