our journey of hope and healing through autism

Grief and Autism Parenting


Although it’s the author of this poem was writing about losing a parent early in life, for me the words parallels how the entrance of autism into our family life has changed things.

The Loss that is Forever by Maxine Harris

When a tree is struck by lightning

If it survives,

Its growth is altered.

A knot may form where the lightning hit.

The growth on one side of the tree may be more vigorous than on another side,

The shape of the tree may change.

An interesting twist of curious split has replaced what might

Have otherwise been a straight line.

The tree flourishes;

It bears fruit,

Provides shade,

Becomes a home to birds and squirrels.

It is not the same tree it would have been had there not

Been a lightning storm,

But some say it is more interesting this way.

Few can even remember the event

That changed its shape forever

I cannot, and will not forget what the early dark days were like when Hannah’s autism symptoms were severe.  I also cannot and will not stop sharing that there is hope and help for journeying through living with autism.


One comment on “Grief and Autism Parenting

  1. Donna J. Dingwall
    June 10, 2013


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