The death of a child is undoubtedly one of the most difficult and devastating experiences a parent can imagine. Most parents mark their lives as before the death and after the death. The life they knew, the family they were, is forever changed. Regardless of the age of the child or the circumstances of the death, it is almost impossible to comprehend how this may change a family’s life forever.
While there are some common reactions to the death of a child, every individual is unique and will cope with the death in their own way and in their own time. No one will grieve in exactly the same way. Their experience will be influenced by a variety of factors: