The defiant passion of the bereaved parent

As the parent of a child who died an avoidable death, we might be highly motivated to campaign for change. This is an appropriate way of honouring our child’s memory.
But we should be aware that the heights of passion and defiance that are energising us now will likely be followed by low times.
Whether we “succeed” or not in our campaign , ultimately we are faced with the sadness of our child’s absence. Finding how to live without them is the challenge we now face.

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Memory loss and life stories

Several years ago, I attended the inaugural conference for the charity Aging without Children in London, well attended by representatives from third sector organisations, researchers, and members of the public aged 50 and over who are childless. The aim of the conference was to raise awareness of issues surrounding the growing number of people who are…