Coping with the Death of a Child

Coping with the Death of a Child is undoubtedly the worst experience a parent will go through.  David J. Roberts, LMSW, CASAC, became a parent who experienced the death of a child, after his daughter Jeannine died of cancer on 3/1/03 at the age of 18.

David has kindly agreed to share his experience of coping with the death of his beautiful daughter Jeannine and we hope that his experience might help you if you have gone through a similar experience.

I Had A Plan

My life up until 2002, was fairly routine, probably even boring by many people’s standards. At age 47, I had been married for 20 years, had helped raise three beautiful children, and was employed as an addiction counselor for the State of New York. I completed the requirements for my Masters in Social Work degree during May of 2002. I intended to continue to work, teach and do private practice counseling part-time. The plan for the rest of my life seemed to be clear. However, my plan changed dramatically due to circumstances that were beyond my control. My 18 –year-old daughter Jeannine died on March, 1,2003 due to a rare and aggressive form of cancer. [Read more…]