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Death, Parents of Deceased Children

Traversing the long road of mourning and grief at the death of a parent, spouse, friend, or associate is a meandering trail. It involves detours, side roads, reversals, and seemingly impassable barriers. This seemingly interminable journey often means taking a few steps forward, many steps backward, and frequently includes a sense of being frozen in time and space. These obstacles are worsened by an internal sense of loss accompanied in many instances by virtually every emotion known to humankind.

The death of a child of any age intensifies the pain of loss and the accompanying feelings. It also brings its own unique agony. The death of a child turns upside down the expected cycle of life and death. Almost without exception parents experience an exponential increase ...

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