Grief for any human being is a terrible thing. People may be in shock, in a flood of tears or their emotions may become out of control in other ways, once a loved one dies. Usually older people die, but sometimes young people die too. A real tragedy is when a child dies. It unsettles the spirit of a family and a community. It can cause severe sadness. But, what about the parents of the youngster that are left behind?
A time of grief and guilt may result. Having given life to their child the natural expectation of a parent is to watch their child grow up, become an adult and then for parent to grow older whilst their child is an adult. For those parents that lose a child there is a wonderful support group led by a lovely character and professional psychotherapist Grainne O Connell, named Anam Chara.