Diary of a Widower

Daily entries by a husband, who stayed behind with his two sons

Grief is not a mental disorder

TUESDAY, December 8  –  Back in control!  I have brought both the counseling and care at school equally into question. The breaking point came when one of the teachers suggested that it might be a good idea to call in a psychiatrist.

That made me angry.  Mourning is not a psychiatric disorder. Separation anxiety is a manifestation of grief. So I’m in charge again.

I had a forthright conversation with Eamonn and we forged a couple of iron-clad agreements.  He understood, and now everything’s going along fine. I’ll take him to his classroom and then say goodbye. We tried it out this morning, and it worked.  He stayed in the classroom as agreed, despite the pain that was visible in his face.

Yes, we can!  I love him.  And I love myself!

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