Breaking the Chains of Generational Trauma

Inheriting Family Patterns

Effects of generational trauma

Passing down resilience

Supporting future generations

Working Through the Trauma

Here are some additional tips on how to break the cycle:

  • Open up a conversation with your parents about their lived experiences and how they coped .
  • Notice any embedded patterns, attitudes, or narratives from your family that you continue to portray.
  • Talk through these areas with a trusted friend, family member, or therapist and consider an alternative way of coping or communicating.
  • Cultivate a sense of empathy and compassion for your family and the struggles they endured. Despite their flaws, many our ancestors worked hard so that we could have a better life. This, too, should be celebrated and embraced.
  • Recreate a new narrative that you want your children to embody and believe about their family, themselves, and the world.

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Social worker. Anglican. Fellow Journeyer.

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