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Death or Loss of a Child



The death or loss of a child—at any age—is one of the most painful experiences imaginable, causing deep grieving, devastation, and often an intense feeling of emptiness. A child’s death seems antagonistic to the natural process of life, and it is sometimes perceived as the ultimate tragedy. Many parents experience a crisis of faith at the death of their child, wondering how their worldview can accommodate such deep pain and unfairness. Many normal condolences seem insufficient, and parents frequently feel that others can have no understanding of their experience. To compound their isolation, the tragedy of child death can feel overwhelming to those near to the child’s family, causing them to distance themselves. For these reasons, support groups and resources from other grieving parents have proven especially effective in finding a way to work through this immeasurable suffering.

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My Son Died by Suicide | Jason Reid Speech | Goalcast

In this Goalcast Original, Jason Reid and a group of fathers have an intense conversation about teen suicide. Jason shares his heartfelt story as well as crucial parenting advice that can have life-saving consequences.

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The Unspeakable Loss

Nisha Zenoff lost her son in a tragic accident when he was just seventeen years old. Now, with decades of experience as a grief counselor and psychotherapist, she offers support and guidance from her own journey and from others who have experienced the death of a child.

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The Grief of Parents When a Child Dies

The death of a child is devastating and often referred to as the worst experience a parent can endure. A child’s death causes a profound family crisis.

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FindCenterThe death of a beloved is an amputation.

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Dealing with Sudden Death or the Loss of a Child

"Dealing with Sudden Death or the Loss of a Child", is taken from Linda Kavelin-Popov's November 2012 Book Launch for Graceful Endings: Navigating the Journey of Loss and Grief. This special talk was recorded at ArtSpring on Salt Spring Island, on November 11, 2012.

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Shattered: Surviving the Loss of a Child

In Shattered, Roe walks the reader through the powerful impact a child’s death can have - emotionally, mentally, physically, relationally, and spiritually. - Intense, unpredictable emotions can hijack us at a moment’s notice. - Our minds spin. We forget things. It feels like we’re going crazy.

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How to Move On: What It Really Means to Let Go

When we have a deep emotional attachment to an event or circumstance in our life and we’re being asked to let it go, it can often feel like we’re being asked to move on and forget about the past, person, or event that we’re deeply connected to.

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FindCenterYou will lose someone you can’t live without, and your heart will be badly broken, and the bad news is that you never completely get over the loss of your beloved. But this is also the good news. They live forever in your broken heart that doesn’t seal back up. And you come through.

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Losing a Child | My Journey Through Grief

Even if you've been raised by wolves, at some point you will experience grief. It's natural. Losing a child, however, is not.

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Noe: A Father-Son Song of Love, Life, Illness, and Death

Written with clarity and grace, this memoir of an adolescent boy’s four-year struggle with leukemia, his death at sixteen, and the aftermath, is presented from three perspectives: the recollections of the father, Phil Wolfson, MD; his son Noe’s story, told through Noe’s chemotherapy journal;...

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