The loss of my son has illuminated for me the true definition of love: the giving of oneself, body and spirit, to another His death, like that of any child, is a story of withered hopes and unfulfilled dreams. In this book I have tried to capture a few remembered strains of the brief, glad music of his life. These are all I have of him now, and they comfort me even as they break my heart.
—Gordon Livingstone, MD Only Spring the death of A child causes almost unendurable pain and anguish for loved ones left behind. Death from cancer comes after months or years of debilitating treatment, emotional swings, and financial crises. The family begins the years of grief already exhausted from the years of fighting cancer. It is truly every parents worst nightmare.
In this chapter, many parents share their innermost thoughts and feelings about deciding to end treatment, dying at home or in the hospital, and grief. It didn't matter whether the parents had recently lost their child, or whether it had happened decades ago—tears flowed when talking about it. Family members and friends can be strong sources of support, but they can also become casualties of the grieving process. Here parents describe things that really helped them, and they make suggestions on what to avoid. Grief has as many facets as there are grieving parents; what follows are the experiences of a few.
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