A wife who loses a husband is called a widow. A husband who loses a wife is called a widower. A child who loses his parents is called an orphan. There is no word for a parent who loses a child. That’s how awful the loss is.
I wish I could explain.
But if there isn’t a word, then how can I?
There are many difficult experiences in life. We all live with shadows.
But the death of a child… everyone shutters at that one.
Life goes on, but there is a continual shadow on the heart.
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