Losing a parent at any point in your life is difficult, but when you’re only in your 20s or early 30s, it can be particularly difficult to deal with.
Several young people who have gone through such a loss have offered some advice to others in a similar situation, discussing how they dealt with a parent dying in an article for Refinery29.
The website noted that social media has changed the way that younger people perceive grief and the grieving process, adding that many have also turned away from organised religion, which has historically been something of a comfort for many dealing with the loss of a loved one.
Sanya Torkmorad-Jozavi’s mum died in 2016 from breast cancer. Sanya, who’s now 24, said that it’s important not to fight feeling upset. Her advice is to “allow yourself to feel whatever comes up”.
She has also found travelling and throwing herself into her artwork has helped her to cope with the loss of her mum.
Ruth Mullan, 34, who lost her dad suddenly to cardiac arrest, told the website that you just need to take each day as it comes. “Honour the person you loved in your own way. Remember that however you’re dealing with it, you’re doing great,” she stated.
Talking about death with our family and friends is something that the Dying Matters charity wants more of us to do. During its annual Awareness Week in May, the organisation urged people to open up with their loved ones about the topic and to help break the taboo surrounding talking about death.
If you need the support of a Cookham funeral director following the loss of a parent, or any other loved one, get in touch today.