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|As Wheeler (1994) reported, for most parents, the death of a child: is unnatural |
and untimely, reversing the expected order of life events. A child holds multiple
meanings for a parent: a connection with the past, investment in the future, and
|A child's death disrupts the normal life cycle expectations of parents, and the loss |
creates the havoc of emotional and familial ... a representation of generations
past; the genes of the forebears; the hope of the future; a source of love, pleasure
|A woman sometimes responds with a grief reaction, as if her child had died |
because the image of the “perfect” child she thought she was carrying has died.
Parents should be shown their child moments after birth so if a condition or
problem exists, the newborn's condition, ... feelings and fears, will do much to
strengthen parent–child relationships and prepare for future hospitalizations or
care of the child.
|The death of a brother or sister is a unique experience: When your parents die, it |
is said you lose your past; when your spouse dies, you lose your present; and
when your child dies, you lose your future. However, when your sibling dies, you
|The dead parent's clothes and possessions were usually very meaningful to the |
children because they represented both the ... They found these belongings
helpful during their mourning and kept some of them indefinitely as a necessary
bridge between their past and future lives. ... In some instances parents could
intuitively understand the working of their children's minds and assist them in
coming to ...
|In the context of her father's recent death, she could not be expected to cope |
equably with these separations. Her boyfriend would ... He is a child assaulted by
the past, his tantrums express the fear-filled panic of a child whose mother has
died and whose life has fallen apart. He says ... Through his friendship with Mary,
he begins to live with enthusiasm for the present and hope for the future. The
|Only 19 children aged 14 and under died by suicide in England and Wales in |
1998 (Samaritans 2000), but the recent increase in the ... For some parents
whose only child dies by suicide, there is an abrupt and complete cessation of
their parental identity and role. ... Children are often seen as representing their
parents' future, but when a child dies, parents 'are victimised by loss of the
dreams and hopes ...
|Recent findings suggest that parents of children who die from any cause are |
more likely to suffer symptoms of ... In contrast to the past when families might
have had several children die, death in childhood is now rare. Children are
expected to live to adulthood. Conflicting with current life-cycle expectations, the
death of a child may be experienced as the death of the parents' future dreams as
well as ...
|14 Parental Responsibility, Relational Responsibility: Caring for and Protecting |
Children after their Death JO ... For the parents of a child who dies, the loss that is
mourned includes not only a shared past, but future hopes.1 A T ONE TIME, ...