Amazing timing can be a good thing or a bad thing. In this case, it had the potential for very bad.
My lovely grandmother passed away last week. It was heart breaking as she was like a mother to me and we were terribly close. It was expected and due to her seriously poor health at the end, it was a true blessing for her, but still sucks for me (and those she left behind.)
Her funeral was Monday. I had another foster care class on Tuesday (which they absolutely would have rescheduled, but I knew Nanny wouldn't want it postponed. Any reason to hurry the process so she could have another great-grandchild in the family, she'd encourage...lol) I really was ok with having the class the next day, it did help me to get back to normal life. I had been mourning the loss of "my Nanny" for years due to her health and like I said, it wasn't unexpected. Anyway, the class was the next day and the topic.....grief and loss. Are you kidding me? Couldn't it be ANYTHING else today? (And again, if I asked, she probably would have done something else, but I figured, maybe it's meant to be to have that class today. "Everything happens for a reason" and blah blah blah, right?)
Well, it wasn't so much about death as it was about the loss the child feels about their bio parents, their toys, their routines, their lives as they knew them before, good or bad. The stages, denial, anger, etc, and how they process them, how we help them cope, how the bios deal with it themselves and with their kids, etc. Luckily, it didn't really trigger or relate to our recent loss.
I noticed when she left, I was back into foster-care-obsession-mode. I realized that last week, after Nanny died (and I have to say, with my allergies going NUTS all week too) I was very distracted and had lost the obsession over it, but obviously just temporarily because it was totally back after she left...lol
So, I'm back to making my lists of to-do's, back to my constant daydreams of having a child there with every single thing I do, making dinner, running to the store, watching tv. Going through scenarios of what I'd do with a child who was crying, who got in trouble, who asked questions, who met the family for the first time.....and on and on... It's never-ending what my mind comes up with. I think my brain is totally glad it had a break last week and wasn't uber-focused on it for a short time. Well, sorry, brain. Uber-focus is back. I promise to try not to be neurotic about it, but I'm not holding out much hope.