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Dealing with the Loss of a Child

Family Mourning

We know that tragedy in life is unavoidable, but that doesn't make it any less painful when we have to suffer it. And the worst type of suffering stems from the loss of your child.

Californians have just learned that a bus carrying around 40 Los Angeles and Fresno-area high school students on a college admissions trip was involved in a terrible accident. Their vehicle was hit by a FedEx truck that crossed over the meridian on I-5 near Orland, 100 miles north of Sacramento. Along with both drivers and three adult chaperones, five students were also killed in the crash and resulting fire. The students' names have not been released to the public - we only know they grew up in lower-income neighborhoods, and some of them were maybe the first in their families to seek higher education.

Place yourself in the position of one of the parents who just lost their child: your world's been irreversibly shattered. How can you even begin to cope with what just happened? Attempting to face the reality of a child's death brings a wave of grief that would threaten to drown even the strongest of us. It'll be very difficult for others to understand just what you're going through, and how could they really understand without having been there themselves? Every life is unique, and every loss breaks someone's heart.

First off, remember that you're not alone - others have struggled and are struggling with the same terrible loss you're up against. The trials, whether psychological, emotional or spiritual, will be intense and difficult, but there are places to turn and people who can help. We want to make sure those who grieve find consolation and healing. And for contacts and resources, visit one of our favorite groups, The Compassionate Friends: they're ready to assist you in your time of sadness and need.

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