Dear Bereaved Parent,

Sometimes it is hard to resist when others want us to do things that we are not ready to do. We feel pressured and it makes us question if we have a right to refuse. We do.

Sometimes the questioning comes from our own doubt about whether we should refuse because we are unsure if we are prolonging our grief by retreating. There is no prolonging or getting over grief. There is only integrating and that takes as long as you need.

With love,

Mary Anne



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