© 2000 Philippine Daily Inquirer
When a child dies, a part of the self is cut off and many bereaved parents like to use the metaphor of an amputated limb.
I once read an account of a father who had lost his only son and his words were poignant. "For the amputee, the raw bleeding stump heals and the physical pain does not go away. But he lives with the pain in his heart knowing his limb will not grow back. He has to learn to live without it. He rebuilds his life around his loss. We bereaved parents must do the same."
From her website: http://www.missfoundation.org/cherish/movingon.html