The death and loss of a child is frequently called “the ultimate tragedy”
The relationship between parents and their children is among the most intense in life. Much of parenting centers on providing and doing for children, even after they have grown up. In Singapore, it is not uncommon to find a single unmarried child living with their parents for many years.
When death happens to a child, regardless of the child’s age, it robs parents of the ability to carry out their role as it is “supposed” to be. Parents often feel an overwhelming sense of failure for no longer being able to care for and protect their child, duties that one was expected to fulfill for many years.