FAMILY MATTERS

Comfort for a grieving parent

God sends the thoughts that dispel grief and sorrow.

There is perhaps nothing more heartbreaking than the despair parents experience when they have lost a child. In addition to the pain of their loss, the parents naturally grieve over their child's having been deprived of happiness and fulfillment.

A friend called me recently to ask how she could effectively comfort a mother whose baby had died. I was reminded of the struggle I had had with severe anxiety and depression when our small daughter passed away years earlier. During that period, I realized finally that our other child deserved to live in a happy home, free of frequent tears, and that my husband needed my help in dealing with his feelings of sorrow. At this point I decided to take up the study of Christian Science, which I had shunned since my mother's acceptance of it when I was a teen.

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