Is the child healing?
As a new stepparent, you’ll need to extend a tremendous amount of grace and patience to a child who has lost their parent. The journey to healing will be long, and to expect a smooth, cheery, vibrant family environment overnight is unrealistic. That being said, it is okay to encourage the living biological parent to ensure the child id taking steps to heal. Moore says, “Hopefully the biological parent implements scheduled counseling sessions to assist with managing grief.” This won’t only ultimately be better for the child, but it will also help them begin to accept and even enjoy their new family unit.