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The Essential Guide to Grief and Grieving by MS. Debra Holland

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chapter 7

Death of Parents

Parental deaths at different life stages

When a dysfunctional or difficult parent dies

When one parent remains

Losing in-laws

Losing your second parent

Dealing with your parents’ deaths

We only have two biological parents—a mother and a father (although others can step into those roles). Our parents were the first people who fell in love with us, and we with them. They were our primary teachers. We learned basic life skills and so much more from them. All our lives, they’ve been our biggest cheerleaders. We’ve basked in the pride they take in us. No one else knows our life story like they do. Our parents shape who we become. For better or worse, and often in between, our parents were the most formative influence ...

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