When You Lose A Child, The “New Normal” Will Never Feel Normal

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When your child has died, you may be introduced to the concept of the “new normal.”  This is the place where you are expected to reside after your loss.  It’s meant to be a place where life will go on, but it will go on differently.  I am not against the concept of a new normal, but I do struggle with the term.

Yes, this life after losing a child is NEW, but it is definitely NOT normal.

I did not always struggle against the “new normal.” When I first lost Dorothy, I was immediately drawn to it, but not because it was new.  I was drawn to it because it promised that normality would return to my life that had become so foreign and broken.

Well, it pains me to say that normality never came.  It never came because this life of living without your child is not normal.  To have your child die and leave this world is not typical.

To be a parent who has to love a child that they will never again see on this Earth, that is not normal and it doesn’t have to feel that way.

No one should expect you to become accustomed to the way you feel.  Just because you have become better equipped at carrying your heartache, does not change the fact that it feels so unnaturally heavy in your arms.

I know what it’s like to be the mother of two children who will only get to watch one grow and change.  This is the life I experience every day, but it will never feel normal.  I will never stop searching for the one who’s not there.  I will never shake the feeling that I’m missing something.  It’s a very abnormal way to have to live your life when you know it will never be complete.

It’s okay that you will never get over the fact that your baby was here and now they’re not.

It’s okay that you miss them every single day and that you will never stop wanting to hear their name.  It’s okay that none of this feels normal.  To be completely honest, I don’t want to live in a world where losing your child is typical.  It should always feel abnormal for a mother or father to walk a world that their child’s feet will never again touch upon.

So, go ahead and embrace your new “normal.”

Wrap yourself in the realization that your child’s death has made its mark on you and it has changed you forever.  Life will never again be normal, but know that you are never alone in feeling that way.

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9 thoughts on “When You Lose A Child, The “New Normal” Will Never Feel Normal

    1. So sorry. Lost my son for the same reason in 2015. I’m such a different person now I get by each day somehow

      1. My son, 40, died of cancer 7/29/17. It’s been a hard pill to swallow. I am a changed person. It’s like I am living a totally different life. The concept of the whole thing is numbing. One foot in front of the other, every minute of the day.

  1. My son lost his short fight against cancer 3 months ago, there is nothing ‘normal’ about my life now. People don’t mention his name, they talk about my other two older children and stop. I want to scream, “I HAVE 3 CHILDREN why don’t you ask about him?” I feel alone. It is a lonely place, even with people around me.

  2. So true I lost my beautiful daughter when she was 32 suddenly never had any symptoms just collapsed one night & she was gone it’s coming up to six years now but feels like yesterday but then again it feels like years since I seen her. My life has completely change I am not me anymore I’m a new person with a diffrent life
    & future and its horrible I will never understand why!! She was taken away in the prime of her life so cruel 😢

  3. We lost our daughter Lisa aged 27 just like your story Jan (i have just read)
    Yes why i ask often. It will never be the same. Yes it does change you but you have to keep busy and focus on your days ahead. Luckily we have her beautiful daughter growing up and so like mummy in her ways. So we have her to keep us strong and the rest of our family .

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