Here it is! A Tuesday Topic that I am actually posting on a Tuesday!
From a reader:
I am wondering what a ‘grief episode’ might look like. We’ve had some very serious regression the last two weeks and I am just wondering if it’s possibly grief related. We had one day when J. was talking about his ‘first family’ for at least two hours straight. Most of what he was telling me had to be made up – he entered the orphanage at age three. He was very attached to these ‘memories’, though. I let him go on and on with it – maybe that was a mistake? Anyway, that night we had a terrible fit, similar to the ones that we had during our first few weeks home. Since then, he’s been very oppositional and defiant and we’ve had several more big fits.
So, I guess my question is: how does grief manifest itself and what can we do about it? When do we need to seek professional help?
(My note: The writer’s son has been home a little over seven months and is about seven years old.)
Can you picture all of this as well as I can? We have had so many episodes like this and it can be very hard to see clearly in the midst of it. Please leave your thoughts as comments to this post and I will hold them all until Tuesday, June 8th, when I post them all at once.
Thank you for giving generously to one another by sharing what you have learned.