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 ...