Monday, 24 November 2014

Finding dignity in bereavement



In September, some friends in the village tragically lost their baby to leukemia. Sebastian was 39 weeks when he died, his curtailed life shorter than his gestation.

Instinct and received wisdom tell us to lose a child is the worst bereavement a person can suffer. To watch life ebb from our own precious creation, a life we assumed would endure beyond our own demise, is a cruel disruption to natural order. To the uninitiated, it seems incomprehensible that such a loss would not result in the total collapse of our world around us.