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.
"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.
This video is helpful for bereaved parents who have experienced the death of a teen or adult child. You will hear how three couples have experienced their grief, what has helped them and how they honor and keep connections to the memories of their children.
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