REFLECTION ON THE SURVIVING PARENTS OF A CHILD THAT DIES TOO EARLY
Today, I spent 8 hours in depositions of two wonderful people–the mom and dad of a teenager who died unexpectedly. I won’t go in details about how their only son died, but the sadness and hurt that was evident today in the face and voice of the surviving parents cannot be forgotten.
Any death of a loved one is painful, but no parent should have to bury their own child. Since my first case involving the wrongful death of a child, I will always remember what someone once told me:
When a spouse dies, the surviving spouse is called a widow or widower. When a parent dies, the surviving children are called orphans. But, when a child dies, the pain for the surviving parents is so great that there is no word to describe them.
These parents are great people who cares so much for their son. It is an honor to represent them.
In the past, I represented another set of wonderful parents who had to bury their 5-year-old little girl after a car accident and subsequent medical malpractice. Although the defense attorneys and I have long closed our files, I know these parents continue to suffer every holiday, if not every day.
After a wrongful death, sometimes the only way to get answers to why the child died is to secure an attorney who can take depositions and investigate the claim in great detail. I can assure you, the parents that I have represented weren’t able to get answers until we started taking depositions. I know that this doesn’t bring their child back, but answers can give some closure.
I ask that you think about these parents and say a little prayer for them. Their pain is great. I also urge you to hug your child every morning and night and let them know you love them. You never know when they may be taken from you.