The death of a child is one of the most devastating things a parent could ever experience. It causes a profound sense of loss and grief which never truly goes away. While it feels unnatural for a child to die before his/her parents, unfortunately over 57,000 children under the age of 19 pass away every year in the United States. Cancer remains the most prevalent cause of death in children, though other causes include miscarriage, stillbirths and suicide.
Child loss affects each parent differently. Some are open about their grief, while others grieve quietly. Some may find comfort in support groups or talking with trusted friends or counselors, while others may prefer writing in a journal or taking some quiet time every day to grieve their loss and remember their child.
There are a number of support groups and resources available to parents who have lost a child.