I like this site and thought I would venture with another question about my husband's suicide and how this has affected our children.
I've asked another question here:
How to handle disclosing a parent's suicide to friends and their parents
I've noticed that this question here:
What are some strategies for helping children cope with divorce?
It seems many children can be badly affected by the perceived or real abandonment of a parent/s.
When my children were 1, 3 and 9 their father committed suicide. It was sudden, one day he left home for work , then he never returned.
My youngest was pre-verbal and my second child, was also unable to have discussions like I could with my oldest child.
As children can have a tendency to feel blame for being abandoned, as can been seen in divorce, there is the added issue of my children feeling inadequate, at fault of somehow intrinsically unlovable as a result of their father taking his own life.
Aside from professional help does anybody have some sound advice or strategies to deal with children with such abandonment issues?