The first six to twelve months after placement is a very difficult time. You may feel that you are expected to "return" to "normal" life quickly, in order to move beyond the grief. While it is important to look ahead, it is just as important,if not moreso,to experience a healthy grieving process. This means not pretending that you’re doing okay if you’re not.
List several emotions or issues that you are concerned about at the present time.
Now, take a moment to review what you’ve written. Answer the following questions for yourself:
Accepting where you are now will give you the tools to move forward in a healthy way. Knowing how your feeling, what your needs are, and whom you can go to for help will give you a strong direction.