It’s often been said that being a parent is both the most rewarding and challenging thing one will ever do in his lifetime. Being a single parent makes things more tricky because the overwhelming feelings of anxiety and confusion that are the hallmarks of raising a child are not shared with a co-parent.
Also, unlike traditional parenting, being a solo parent has a lot of nuances weaved into circumstances. While a widow/er, a wife of an overseas Filipino (who sees her spouse every couple of months), a never married, and a once married solo parent primarily have no co-parent, the circumstances behind their situations are totally different.
So how does a solo parent find a support group or resource that is specific to his/her circumstance? We’ve grouped the available resources for you to find the support group you need and be around people who can truly understand.
FOR WIDOWS/WIDOWERS A widow/widower, like Mom we Love Risa Hontiveros-Baraquel, goes through a different kind of grief as a solo parent; a feeling of loss which may not be shared with a solo parent who is one by separation, or break up of a relationship.
1. Healing Circles Agnes Prieto founded this grief support group for those undergoing transition due to loss of someone. Healing Circles is composed of people who have gone through a similar situation and have lost someone close to them. Some members are therapists and others are trained in grief therapy.
Healing Circles is also known to use non-traditional and innovative methods like dancing as a healing tool.
Meetings are held every third Thursday of the month at Assumption San Lorenzo St. Agustin room at 5 pm.
2. Grief Share Grief Share is a seminar-support group started by Cathy Babao-Guballa and her husband, Hector for those mourning the loss of a loved one.
Cathy and her husband Hector lost their son Migi to congenital heart disease when he was four years old. Her need to heal brought her to setting up Migi’sCorner, special play areas in hospitals for children fighting a serious illness or condition. Now, there is a Migi’s Corner in 10 hospitals around Metro Manila, Cebu and Davao.