If your child has just been diagnosed with a hearing loss, you are in the process of grieving even if you are not displaying obvious signs of grief. It is important to note that all families grieve during the time following a hearing loss diagnosis and that these feelings are completely normal and healthy.
There are many stages of grief and not everyone processes their grief in the same way. Commonly reported stages of grief are shock, denial, depression, anger, guilt and anxiety. Not everyone feels all these emotions and not everyone feels them in this order.
At CHS, we offer Family Support services to the families of our clients and students. We are here to help you through this difficult time so that you can move forward and take constructive action.
For even more information about grief caused by a pediatric hearing loss diagnosis, click here to read The Impact of Childhood Disability: The Parents' Struggle by Dr. Ken Moses