Hi Widowed Warrior,
Thank you so much for sharing this. It sounds like you’ve had an incredibly difficult time, and we can understand you’d be feeling rage, sadness and tiredness. Grief has no set pattern and everyone experiences grief differently. Experiencing all of this while parenting a young child sounds hugely demanding, so please know that you’ve come to a safe, non-judgmental and supportive space to talk about this.
Are you connected with any bereavement or mental health support currently? This is obviously an incredibly painful time, and it’s really important you and your family are supported through it. If you could use some more support, please have a look at the advice and directories on the Beyond Blue website here
. We'd highly recommend talking to Griefline, on 1300 845 745
(6am to midnight AEST every day). We’d also recommend looking up the Parentline number for your state or territory
, as they’ll be able to work through some of the stressors of parenting a young child through this time with you.
Please know that you're not alone with this, you can call the Beyond Blue helpline at any time, on 1300 22 4636
. They can help you talk this through and will also be able to help you plan what's next so that you have that support in place. Reaching out is so important for those moments when you don’t know what to do.
We hope you're able to be kind to yourself through this, as you've been so kind in sharing your experience here. We can imagine some of your feelings about parenthood would be really difficult, given what you’ve been through, but please know that in sharing this here, and in getting through so much together with your child, you are showing incredible strength, resilience and love. We hope you can see how inspirational this is and feel some pride.
We're sorry to hear how things have been, and we want you to know that we're here for you. You never know how your story might help someone else, so do feel free to share more if you're comfortable to. Our wonderful community is here to provide you with as much support, advice and conversation as you need.