Importance of using humor as a coping strategy

Mike Spohr, Blogger & Dad, shares advice from personal experience on the benefits of using humor to help overcome the grief after the loss of a child
Importance Of Using Humor To Cope With Grief After Death Of A Child
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Importance of using humor as a coping strategy

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The importance of using humor when dealing with loss in the family becomes more obvious, as time goes on. In the beginning when you're experiencing this loss, maybe there's a few little callous humor here and there, but really, you're pretty down for the count and very serious and sad, crying and happy for a good time. But as time starts to move forward and you find yourself, six months or a year later; if you're still in that mindset of being horribly sad and depressed, and overwhelmed by what happened, you'll never really to get back to life and you'll never get a valuable life again. My wife and I, we love humor, maybe it's kind of a silly humor sometimes but we start to laugh about things again. We'd laugh about funny things our daughter, who passed away, did; and then we just laugh at funny things in general. When you have laughter, that really helps you start to live again. It's kind of like that song Smile, the Charlie Choplin song, the message of that song 'Smile when your heart is breaking,' it's true. So that's been valuable to us, and we've been able to use laughter to help us live again.

Mike Spohr, Blogger & Dad, shares advice from personal experience on the benefits of using humor to help overcome the grief after the loss of a child

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Mike Spohr

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Author of the parenting blog "The Newborn Identity", Mike Spohr lives in Southern California with his wife, Heather, ice cream-obsessed two-year-old daughter, Annabel, and froufrou dog, Rigby. He is also the Executive Director of Friends of Maddie, a charity started in honor of his late daughter Madeline, which helps the families of NICU babies.

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