I am afraid to grieve for my beautiful daughter who only lived for two weeksJanuary 9, 2019
DEAR DEIDRE: OUR beautiful daughter only lived two weeks but I can’t let myself break down over it.
We have three boys aged nine, seven and five. My wife is 33 and I am 36.
I am afraid to grieve for my beautiful daughter because I feel I should be strong for my wife[/caption]
We were thrilled to be expecting a daughter.
Then my wife’s waters broke at 18 weeks and she had to have an emergency Caesarean.
Sadly, our daughter lived for only two weeks.
I am afraid to grieve. I feel I should be strong for my wife and our other children but all I want to do is break down.
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DEIDRE SAYS: Trying to be strong for everyone else can just give them the message that it’s not OK to feel sad and show your feelings.
In fact, you will feel stronger if you let yourself break down when you feel the need to have a good cry.
Share your feelings with your family. You can all find support through SANDS, the stillbirth and neonatal death charity (sands.org.uk, 0808 164 3332).
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