Grieving Dad Opens Up On How Yoga Has Been Helping Him Deal With The Death Of His Daughter

Date January 9, 2018

Losing a child is every parent's worst nightmare and unfortunately, this is a reality for some. The devastating pain following that kind of loss is indescribable and anyone experiencing it would find his/her own way to grieve. For this particular dad, his outlet was yoga.

Shawn Dennstedt lost his 19-year-old daughter to meningitis. The dad did not see it coming as they assumed the girl only had a sore throat. Lianne passed away on September 18th last year after spending her final days battling for her life.

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It was while working through his loss and pain that Shawn discovered yoga. It was the only thing that helped him feel a connection to Lianne. After attending three classes at The Little Yoga Room, he posted an introductory piece on their Facebook page and opened up about the pain and heartbreak he had been feeling.

His words about losing his child tugged at the heartstrings of parents everywhere, many of whom could relate to his struggles.

Shawn began his post by explaining how he had been finding it hard to physically introduce himself because he's introverted and people usually did not say hi to him because "I’m kinda big and people say I can be a little scary."

He went on to explain that while most people came to yoga to escape their kids, he was there to find his.

And I’m finding her. While I lie on the mat with one hand on my stomach and one hand on my heart, I remember Lianne as a baby and how she used to sleep on my chest while I lay on the couch watching T.V.

He then encouraged other parents to appreciate the time they have with their children as he "would give anything in this world to hear my two girls screaming at each other again."

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He concluded his beautiful write-up by encouraging others to say hello to him. "I don't bite," he wrote.

This father, while sharing his pain, has reminded us of what's important in life. When we feel frustrated with loved ones, finances, jobs and so on, we should always remember to cherish the good things we do have.

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