They say that it is one thing having to deal with a death in the family. It is more or less expected that an aged grandmother, grandfather, or even an uncle or aunt, will be passing on, particularly if there has been a recent illness or a long and drawn-out saga of dealing with an incurable disease, usually cancer. While there is initial shock and sadness when news of the illness or event is broken, loved ones are soon able to come to grips.
And while wise old men and women will often tell their younger ones that growing old is not for weaklings or the spiritually weak, it is hairy-scary, they often overcome their initial grief and fright and instinctively move on with their lives. But when it is the young child, that is quite another thing altogether. Nothing is more devastating for a young mother or father. The loss of a child due to a sudden accident.
Or cancer. Leukemia is one of those diseases that crop up a lot in the children’s ward. Some people may not have it in them to recover from the shock and trauma, but if they were to join childhood cancer support groups they might just make it. You try and imagine what it must be like. If you have a heart, and a soul, you start to feel well, you could choke up. You wonder what goes through the child’s mind when she is told by her doctor in the presence of her mother that this time next week, she is not going to be around.
And here is how. Here is why you will be passing on
For sure; it must be hard. How those childhood cancer support groups must be helping.