I know what it feels like to grieve when your parents are terminally ill. I have not experienced (thankfully) and do not know what it feels like when you have a child that is terminally ill.
In our church we have a couple who lost a grandchild to cancer. He was about 13, I believe, when he passed away. Another couple in our church has an adult daughter who has an agressive cancer and is only expected to live perhaps another year, maybe two. Another family in our community has a daughter who is a young adult, and she is gravely ill with cancer.
My husband I were discussing these families and others who have children with cancer. I suddenly had questions. Is the emotional anguish different when you have a child who is terminally ill rather than a parent or even a spouse? Is it different if the child is young as opposed to an adult child? How does a parent feel when they realize there is nothing that can be done and their child is not going to live? I can imagine feelings, anger, helplessness, denial, but I am sure there is much more.
Readers, I would like input from you on this subject. If you have experienced the grief that comes from losing a child, or if you have a child or grandchild who it terminally ill, please comment and share with us, how you felt, and how you process through your grief. Share with us words of wisdom and encouragement, because there may be a hurting parent who would be touched by them.