Category Archives: Death of A Child

Death of a Teenage Daughter

Dear Dr. Neimeyer, My teenage daughter Daniella died in a car accident almost two years ago, and even though I have been able to go on raising my other two children and working in my office job, I continue to feel a great deal of grief and also some irrational guilt about her death, because

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My 26 year old son died…holding on to good memories

Dear Dr. Neimeyer, My 26 year old son died 7 years ago after a prolonged battle with a malignant brain tumor. I was his caretaker. He was my first child and my only son. Our relationship was magnificent. I can’t get a grip on the good memories. I am constantly thrown into a grand mal seizure or

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I Lost My Daughter PART 2

Editor: Mary Jane Hurley Brant is a psychotherapist and author specializing in grief, loss, and serious illness. Her website is http://www.maryjanehurleybrant.com/. Last week she posted a comment on Dr. Neimeyer’s answer to a mother who had lost a 30-year-old daughter [here’s the link: http://www.aftertalk.com/ask-dr-neimeyer/index.php/485/] This week Dr. Neimeyer chose to comment on Ms. Brant’s post.

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Accidental drug overdose took our daughter

Dear Dr. Neimeyer, My wife and I lost our 23- year-old daughter to an accidental drug overdose just over one year ago, and of course we have been devastated by the loss. Each of us has coped in our own way, and we continue to function in practical terms, although the early months were pretty

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I Lost My Son to a Drug Overdose

Dear Dr. Neimeyer, I lost my son five years ago to a drug overdose. l battled with him for several years trying to break his addiction. He died right before his 28 birthday. I feel like I lost everything when I lost him. He was my baby. I have three other children and numerous grandchildren, but the kids say I’m

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How do you get over guilt of an abortion?

Dear Dr. Neimeyer, How do you get over the guilt of an abortion? Marissa Dear Marissa, Although abortion under carefully stipulated conditions is legal in the United States, there is obviously great controversy over its morality. In the highly politicized climate of extreme opinions, the polemical discourse that divides right to life and freedom of

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Tragic Accident Took Our Daughter

Dear Dr. Neimeyer, As you can imagine, my husband and I have been struggling since our only child, our 19 year old daughter, Mary, was killed in a tragic accident–automotive–over a year ago. Recently I started seeing a therapist, who is wonderful, wise and empathetic. I can tell that my husband is hurting as much as

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