Author(s): Melanie Warner
All of us have had defining moments in our lives. Some evolved from tragedy, others perhaps from joy. Each moment includes a choice or direction that leads to a path for our lives. If you listen to the world's views, the news for recovery can be disheartening: It's been estimated that 19% of the world's population has experienced the loss of a child. That leaves hundreds of millions of families and extended families who are searching for hope through their grief process. The divorce rate among married couples who experience the loss of a child has been estimated to be as high as 80-90%. Drug or alcohol use is also prevalent among parents or siblings who self-medicate to cope. Suicide from surviving parents or siblings is on the rise. The death of a child is devastating, whether it's a young mother with a stillborn baby or an elderly father mourning the loss of his middle-aged son from cancer. For parents who have suffered the loss of a child, the path to recovery is often scattered with deep emotional struggle with few known comforts or resources. After the loss of a child, rising above the depths of despair and embracing the fullness of life can feel like an impossible feat. The collection of stones shared here are from parents who endured the strength to cope with the loss of their children. Imagine having another parent take your hand during the darkest stage of your grief and show you that there can be light and even hope for your future.