Question: I experienced abuse as a child and I’m realizing how much I didn’t get to be a kid. I was facing adult choices and thinking about adult things even during my early elementary school years. Recently, I’ve come across the idea that I should “grieve my lost childhood.” That kind of sounds good, but (if I’m honest) I have no idea what it means. Can you give me some guidance on whether this is a healthy thing to do and, if so, how I would know if I have grieved my lost childhood in a healthy way?
Resources: Here are several resources that can be useful in preparing for of following up with the conversation discussed in this VLOG post.
- (Video Seminar) Taking the Journey of Grief with Hope
- (Article) Applying the Grief Seminar to Losses Not Caused by Grief
- (Video Seminar) Hope and Restoration After Sexual Abuse
- (Blog) The Big Question of Grief: Who Am I Now?
To review the other questions addressed in this VLOG series click here.
Note: The VLOG (video-blog) Q&A is a regular series on my blog. If you would like to submit a question, it can be e-mailed to Summit’s admin over counseling at firstname.lastname@example.org (please note this is an administrative account; no individual or family counsel is provided through e-mail). Please limit your questions to 3-7 sentences. This is not a forum for to request or receive counseling. No responses will be sent to questions other than those selected for a video response.
If this post was beneficial for you, then considering reading other blogs from my “Favorite Posts on Grief” post which address other facets of this subject.