Grieving the Loss of a Parent

Behavior #23

For three years after our parent’s passing, we should remember them in sadness. We should live simply and not adorn our home. Avoid merry-making, meat, and alcohol.


Grieving the loss of a parent is personal. There’s no “normal” path or timeline. Everyone deals with it in their own way. But grief and love are conjoined, you don't get one without the other. Tears shed for the loss of parents are a sign of a pure heart.

Grief is like the ocean, it comes in waves ebbing and flowing.

You don't go around grieving all the time, but the grief is still there and always will be.

The sand of time will never wash away the love that I have for you. Your sweet memory will remain forever in my heart.


Months after a parent passed away, you may back in your usual routine. You go to work and chat with friends. But little reminders can send you down a spiral of sadness. You may find a postcard your parent sent you at your desk and start bawling. The hardest part is knowing that you’ll never have a mother or a father again.

Even as an adult, the death of a parent is devastating.


You feel the most of your grief within the first 6 months after a loss. It’s normal to have a tough time for the first year. After then, you often accept your parent’s death and move on. But the grief may bubble up, especially on holidays, birthdays, death anniversaries and ancestor remembering ceremonies.



Grieving the Loss of a Parent