Year: 2014 Source: Illness, Crisis, & Loss.(2008).16(4):271 - 284. DOI:10.2190/IL.16.4.aa SIEC No: 20140171

A child’s death profoundly affects family dynamics, stories, and even other siblings’ perceived reasons for being. This influence is often sustained over time to affect not only the lost child’s parents and siblings, but also future generations. Health care and mental health care workers frequently encounter such stories, but little is known about the actual phenomenon, which may be a form of disenfranchised grief.