|This photo was taken not far from my home whilst I was waiting in vain to see the sun rise.
There were far too many clouds that day. But I think it’s so beautiful anyways.
Did you ever realise this? I never did until Finley died. I think it must be because losing a child is just too horrible to comprehend. Too disturbing to have a single word describe it.
I have had people compare all sorts of losses that they’ve experienced to Finley dying: spouses, parents, and even pets and going through divorce! I must admit that I have nothing to compare this grief to, because other than my marching band director (who was a huge role model to me) dying when I was 15, I’ve never experienced a major loss in my life. But I also think that there is nothing to gain by comparing your grief to somebody else’s. By comparing a loss, you are minimizing what somebody is experiencing. I never expected that the first loss I would encounter would be my son dying. I never anticipated that I would ever feel this amount of pain in a lifetime, or that I could carry on living with a broken heart.
I genuinely think though, that losing a child is different that any other type of loss that you can face in life. You always anticipate that your parents will die before you, you know that between you and your spouse/partner that one will likely outlive the other. Adults get to live life and discover who they are, you get to have so many memories of them. A parent never expects to have to bury their child, because it goes against nature. It goes against the way we perceive life. And with all of the science and technology now, it seems so unfair that people should die so young.
Your child actually has your blood running through their veins. As a mother, you carried that child, and felt it move within you. You give birth to that child, and your life changes when you do. For that child to die is literally like having half of your heart, half of yourself die.
Every single hope you have and every single plan you make revolves around having your children in your life. When your child dies, you don’t just lose your child, you lose your future.
So please, unless you have lost a child yourself, don’t pretend to understand how it feels. Don’t try to minimize what I am going through. I am not trying to diminish anybody else’s grief by writing this post, so please don’t take that as the intention. I just hope that it will help others to understand that it does not help when they diminish mine.