chapter 9

Death of a Child

The depths of pain

How others may react

Losing a child at different ages

The effect on the rest of the family

How helping other parents helps you cope

Surviving your child

The death of a child is the most painful kind of loss. Our children represent our future. In them, we invest our hopes and dreams, love, time, energy, and money. We wish for them a happy childhood, a productive adulthood, and a contented old age. We want (and expect) them to outlive us.

The relationship of parent to child is different from all others. The love of a parent for a child is instinctive, powerful, and enduring. For loving parents, their children are the light of their lives. When death extinguishes that light, they are plunged ...

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