If a husband dies, the wife is called a widow. If a child's parents die, the child is called an orphan. Why isn't there a word for a parent that loses a child?

jt 2011/06/04 18:40:22
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  • Elizabeth 2014/02/19 22:17:12
    In January 2012 my only son, Michael was shot to death. Needless to say I learned that the pain and sting of that fact would never go away. I had to make a choice. Did I or did I not believe in the Christianity I had lived all my life! Did I believe the WORD of God. All this standing in front of Michael's died body! At first, I fell to the ground. I couldn't breathe! Then I remembered the words of Jesus to the thief on the cross next to him. Luke 23:43.....Today you WILL be with me in Paradise! Then I knew Michael was alive and I experienced something far beyond my wildest dreams. While I was yet, crying on the floor, I heard Michael speak my name, "MOM MOM PLEASE DON'T CRY I'M RIGHT HERE! I'M HERE WITH YOUR FATHER AND JESUS! JESUS IS REAL MOM AND I'M ALIVE! I could see him standing behind me and to the left with his hands clenched together pleading with me. When I opened my eyes...he wasn't here so, I closed my eyes again and there he was only this time standing still just watching us look at his body! No it hasn't gotten easier, but time has caused me to SLOW DOWN and walking forward calmly and certainly holding on to the Mighty hand of Jesus. There has been much more that has occurred since Michael's death.....
  • Richard 2012/08/25 19:26:42
    If a widower is a husband that lost his wife; and a widow is wife that lost her husband. Then the word for a parent that lost their child is an orphaner because a child that lost their parents is an orphan.
  • ThePonyLover 2012/07/22 23:46:33
    Because there are no words to descibe the immense pain a mother and/or father goes through if a child dies.
  • obamacare 2012/07/10 21:16:14
    Good question. Well, when one plans to kill there Child they go to Planned Parenthood! To me that is an oxymoron, but i guess u become a Parent?
  • debbie.flowers1 2012/01/08 22:49:46
    It's called, guilty, alone, angry, suicidal, frightened,a recluse, a total raving nut case, trust me you don't want to know what it's called it's the most difficult thing you will ever have to live with in your life time, you live with regrets, what ifs, I should have and think always of the things your child will never do. Treasure your children every day, don't take them for granted most of all tell them you love them every day
  • ~WinnieThePooh~ ^-^ 2011/06/07 02:41:59
    ~WinnieThePooh~ ^-^
    There is.
  • angel 2011/06/06 23:12:04
    that's a good question but here's a similar one, what do you call a man that lost his wife?
  • moni ar... angel 2012/01/02 19:45:53
    moni armstrong
    a widower
  • CharlesG BN-0 2011/06/06 15:50:20
    CharlesG BN-0
  • kmullican 2011/06/06 01:27:51
    There are no words to describe what it is like for a parent to lose a child.
  • KSolove 2011/06/05 22:32:57
    Bereaved Parent.
  • dancer 2011/06/05 20:16:54
    Because ONE word cannot possibly express the horror of such a thing.
  • BH1701 "In Kirk We Trust" 2011/06/05 15:19:24
    BH1701 "In Kirk We Trust"
  • Doc 2011/06/05 05:25:49
    It's called empty
  • Dub 2011/06/05 03:53:56
  • Tally Knighte 2011/06/05 01:26:08
    Tally Knighte
    People are too lazy to do that, I guess.
  • JHup BN-0 2011/06/05 00:31:07
    JHup BN-0
    That word would be: devastated.
  • Kathy 2011/06/05 00:20:29
    Tragic Loss, The most tragic because children should out live their parents!
  • sunshine 2011/06/05 00:05:22
    i think the loss of a child would be devastating, so i dont know why there isn't,
  • Sammy 2011/06/04 23:44:05
    because its depressing:(
  • Jack's Pearl 2011/06/04 23:40:01
    Jack's Pearl
    Because when we created the sad words of widow and orphan, we learned to not keep going! LOL Sort of a joke, but also expresses my feelings towards the subject.
  • Kayla 2011/06/04 22:35:00
    There is a word for it. It's called unfair. I lost a baby sister when she was 22 months old,
  • Cherie Bomb 2011/06/04 22:16:25
    Cherie Bomb
    Because no one is smart enough to name a lonely parent [:
  • Beccy 2011/06/04 21:25:51
    Now that is a good question because they say a mother should never have to put her child in the ground
  • Dagon 2011/06/04 21:10:33
  • Cindy Dagon 2011/12/11 19:07:14
    In many cases a parent can't. My niece was an "only" child and was 23. Many parents of teens are killed and the parents are past making new kids.
  • rosehalo 2011/06/04 21:03:56
    How do you put heartbroken, devastated, lost, and grief stricken into one word?
  • fsadkjf ef 2011/06/04 20:50:22
    fsadkjf ef
    There is a word and its sad and or depressed
  • luigi1- in god we trust 2011/06/04 20:21:08 (edited)
    luigi1- in god we trust
    Empty nester works for me. nester works empty nest
  • BoomLover luigi1-... 2011/06/05 06:22:51
    That is usually used in context of kids moving out, getting out on their own, not used if the child dies..........
  • dancer luigi1-... 2011/06/05 20:20:37
    An empty nest just means the kid grew up and got their own place or went off to college... That has NOTHING to do with the death of a beloved child.
  • _Ganjaa 2011/06/04 19:46:33
    Idk . stop askinq impossible questions .
  • NarcolepticGoat 2011/06/04 19:18:43
    too painful
  • KSolove 2011/06/04 19:09:29
    bereaved parent.
  • BoomLover KSolove 2011/06/05 06:23:27
    Best answer......
  • KSolove BoomLover 2011/06/05 22:31:07
    Thanks. :-)
  • fer_reals 2011/06/04 18:58:10
    cause it's unnatural to outlive your children
  • john 2011/06/04 18:52:07
    To be honest,if such a devastating thing happened to me,i would not care for a label.
  • Dreaming Believer <3 2011/06/04 18:50:23
    Dreaming Believer <3
    we should ask this question to those who doesnt have any child ...they know yhe best because they had experienced it..... child yhe experienced sad child
  • Kat 2011/06/04 18:45:32
    Know it's already been said but my thoughts are the same..... they are called Sad.

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