Before the tears came readily and daily I seemed to walk around from task to task while hours ticked away in my day, as I functioned on auto-pilot, but my thoughts were consumed with the surprise and disbelief that my father had another love and would leave my mother and what we knew and loved of family to be with her. I reasoned that he would reconsider, that the affair wasn't as serious as it seemed, and that all would eventually be OK.
Little did I realize that I was experiencing the Stages of Grief due to the great pain and loss that I was experiencing. The Stages of Grief are expressed by various words in different grief literature. I will use what words seem most explanatory to me as I use the format as an outline for my posts. I plan to take each stage, talk about my experience with it, and include excerpts from books, counseling sessions I attended, or any help with that topic that I have found. By doing so, I am hopeful that not only will we become more educated about what happens to a person when they walk through the waters of their parents divorcing when they themselves are an adult, but also it will give all of us a format to share our experiences and ultimately we can grow and move toward healing in our journeys.
Recently I came across another list of stages that accompanies Abandonment. In the case of divorce , whether the children are adults or children, there is a true feeling of abandonment. It is curious to me that although the stage order is not exactly the same for abandonment as it is for grief, they do line up in a loose parallel way.
The Stages of Grief and the Stages of Abandonment are given below. The length of each stage, and the order can be different for each individual. Many times people can experience more than one stage at a time, or go in and out of them at different points in their experience.
STAGES OF GRIEF
STAGES OF ABANDONMENT
If you see yourself in one of these stages, do not lose heart. It is normal, you are not alone and as I wrote in my journal at one time along this road " There is a strong healing power in grief". I do not know who told me that , or where I read it, but it has proven to be true.
The first topic I will tackle in my next post will be the topic of Pain and Loss associated with the divorce of parents as an adult. ACOD's experience pain and loss uniquely. How did you react initially to the news of your parent's divorce or separation? Were you in shock? Did you experience denial? How did you deal with the pain and the loss ? Adult children of divorce feel grief and abandonment . Let's explore that issue together!