Find out your parenting style with my parent personality quiz!

Find out your parenting style with my parent personality quiz!


How to Help Parents Cope With Loss

Dr. Meg Meeker

Dr. Meg Meeker

Why Loss is Hard

Loss is not a new thing. Generation after generation has dealt with their share of hardships, some worse than others. Whether you experience a major recession, a significant outbreak, or a society-altering event like a terrorist attack, there will be extraordinary emotions to deal with after.

Dealing with loss as a parent poses additional stress. Many parents wonder how they will explain these hard events to their kids. Depending on what is going on, there might be questions about how to move forward with life as usual. 

The question of whether you will recover – financially, emotionally, socially, or physically, is a heavy question for parents to ponder. With kids involved, there are more lives at stake.

Of course, everyone handles stress and trials differently. It doesn’t help when you see friends, family, or neighbors, seemingly sailing through a tough situation when you are barely getting by. Loss affects everyone differently because everyone is unique and in different situations.

Tips to Deal with Loss

It is our job as parents to provide a safe and stable environment. That task gets immeasurably more difficult when you are stressed about life events. But, there are some things you can do as a parent to deal with stress and help your kids cope.

  1. Leave the stress at the door. Leave the stress at the door. While this is always easier said than done, bringing additional stress into your home doesn’t help anyone. Kids are perceptive and generally know what is going on. Leaving as much as you can at the door will make life at home more peaceful. 
  2. Find some alone time. Getting away from kids and being alone helps you deal with your own fears or sadness. Getting past these feelings requires grieving. When you are alone, write down your feelings. Getting them out onto paper helps you resolve them more quickly.
  3. Look for fun. Finding activities that you and your kids enjoy can help alleviate stress. Find something, like theatre, sports, reading, art, or something else you can do as a family. Hearing the joyful laugh of your kiddos will make anything better, even if only briefly.
  4. Relax. Sounds obvious, but it’s true. Don’t feel like you need to plan every minute. Take some time to relax, even if it’s only watching your favorite Grey’s Anatomy reruns after the kids go to bed.
  5. Ask for help. Remember, it is perfectly acceptable to ask for help. No one can do it all on their own. You know the saying it takes a village? There’s a reason for it. Whether that help is from your parents, fellow parents, a sitter, or someone else, don’t be afraid to ask.
  6. Take a break. Planning a getaway for yourself or with your partner can help give you some perspective and refresh you so you can deal with everything when you get back. Family vacations are also a great way to help everyone during a rough time.
  7. Balance is everything. Ensure there is downtime in your schedule. Having too many things you are juggling will add to the stress and emotions everyone is feeling. Furthermore, ensure you are getting enough rest, physical activity, and healthy sustenance.

Remember, you are not alone. Reach out if you need support or resources to cope with the loss you are experiencing. There is help.
This article was brought to you by Faith’s Lodge. Faith’s Lodge supports parents and families coping with loss. Learn more by visiting their website:



Skylight Digital Picture Frames are the perfect bridge connecting you to the special moments of those you love! It’s private, pre-loadable, and you can personalize it! Visit


Here’s the perfect gift to inspire and delight that young person in your life! The CrunchLabs build box subscription. Crunchlabs packs the fun into science by sending kids a new toy to build each month. And everyone’s favorite youtuber Mark Rober’s teaches them how! Kids LOVE IT! Go to and get yours today!

Your pet can’t choose healthy, but you can! Choose Whole Life Pet for human grade, freeze-dried, nutrient-rich, all natural food and treats for your dog or cat!



Thrive Market – the customized and economical way to shop organic, non-gmo, and healthy – for you and your family.

The #1 Meal Kit for Eating well. Go to and use code 60drmeg to get 60% off plus 20% off your next two months. to start now! 

Masimo Stork is a revolutionary new baby monitor. SET technology has been in use for 25 years in the NICU units of America’s hospitals – now that same technology is available at home. Masimo Stork tracks real time, with your baby’s pulse rate, oxygen saturation, and skin temperature. While not a medical device, it can ensure more confident and calmer parenting. To learn more, go to

Website-Dr. Meeker (8)
Feeling a a bit uneasy about having "the talk" with your son or daughter?
Dr. Meeker is here to help! “How to Talk to Your Kids about Puberty & Sex (ages 8-18)” is her most comprehensive course ever and she’ll equip you to have that conversation with knowledge, confidence and sensitivity. Check it out!

More Tools to Simplify Fatherhood