Stepparents will need to be part of the healing
Even though, as a stepparent here, this isn’t your loss or your grief – you may have never even known the parent who passed away – by entering this family, it becomes your grief. That also means it becomes part of your job to participate in and facilitate the healing, any way you can. When you enter a family, you take on their stuff – the good and bad. “Understanding that the family has experienced a significant loss is very important in navigating and creating a positive blended family. Participating in family counseling sessions can also help navigate the challenges,” says Moore.