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Loss of a Child

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Feb 4, 2024.

What should I expect after losing a child?

The loss of a child will affect all of your family. Each person will grieve differently. Grief is a normal process of loss. Grief has several stages. The following stages can be experienced in any order:

What other things do I need to know about the loss of a child?

Find or ask for support. Support may come from other family members or spiritual leaders. You may need to find support through counseling or group meetings. Support can help you get ready to move on with your life. Ask your healthcare provider for information on support groups in your area. Contact the following, or other, recommended organizations for support:

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