How the Grieving Process Applies to Adoption

Adoption is loss. Not in all ways. There are certainly many positive aspects to adoption. Children who are not able to stay with one or both of their biological parents are provided with a chance for a good, loving, stable home. Adults who are not able to have their own biological children are given an opportunity to start a family. Biological parents who are not in a position to raise a child are afforded the freedom to build their lives without the burden of providing for a child.

But there is indeed loss as well. And with loss comes grief. As an adoptee, I have dealt with loss associated with being adopted, and here is my perspective on what how the grieving process applies to the adoptee’s part of the triad.