Death of a Child
Of the possible losses one might experience, the death of a child is among the most intense. For a parent to bury a child screams against the order of the universe, beginning a journey of bereavement that may linger in varying degrees and manifestations throughout a parent’s lifetime. Specific circumstances prior to and surrounding the death of a child—such as the manner of death (e.g., sudden accident, suicide, or prolonged illness) or preexisting family stress—may complicate the grieving process for both relatives and friends.
Samuel J. Smith. "Death of a Child" Popular Encyclopedia of Christian Counseling. Ed. Tim Clinton & Ron Hawkins. Eugene, OR: Harvest House, 2011. 398-399.
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