A colleague recently lost a child, and this tragic event reminded me of the profound sadness in the comments posted here by others who've suffered the loss of a loved one.
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If the stress in your life is more than you can cope with, get help right away.
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
- Go to the nearest hospital or emergency room
- Call your physician, health provider or clergy
- National Alliance on Mental Illness
The death of a child is devastating and incomprehensible. In addressing the congregation during this difficult time, a beloved pastor said, "If we continue to ask 'why' and 'what if' and to look for logical explanations, we will wind up at a dead end." Going down that road keeps you from finding a new normal and acknowledging that life goes on even though it will never be the same.
Connecting with others who are also struggling with the loss of a loved one can be a profound source of comfort, since only fellow travelers can truly understand the pain and anguish. Reach out and learn from them. No one can do this alone.
Feb. 22, 2012