#33: Grieving the unexpected losses in adoption

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Have you experienced a lot of change in your life since entering the world of foster care and/or adoption?

There is beauty in this journey, but parents are often surprised by the sense of loss. The changes may be so great that the life you once lived seems to have disappeared.

In this episode, we talk honestly about grief surrounding foster care and adoption through the lens of Elisabeth Kubler-Ross's Five Stages of Grief, plus an additional sixth stage.

Links Relevant to this episode:

5 Stage of Grief

Episode 20: The Bitter and Sweet of Foster Care Reunification with Jamie Finn

Episode 31: 7 Ways for Parents to Relieve a Stressed-Out Brain

How to join 30 Days of Hope in April

  1. Order Faith, Hope, & Connection: A 30-Day Devotional for Adoptive and Foster Parents
  2. Join The Adoption Connection Facebook Group.

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  1. Amy
    April 16, 2019

    WOW!! Thanks so much for this podcast! It gives me hope that all the struggles I have been feeling these past 6 years are because of grief. Wish I was to the place that you 2 are already, but we are still in the depression stage. It is hard to have hope in the midst of so many unknowns for our kids. It is so hard to trust God when it looks impossible.

    1. Melissa
      April 22, 2019

      Amy, You’re definitely not alone. Have you checked out our new devotional? It will meet you where you are and give you hope.

      You can check it out at https://amzn.to/2IMmORX.

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