Parents work tirelessly to raise and mentor their children. Parents make sacrifices every day to provide for the health, safety, and welfare of their children. During the infant and toddler years, parents or appropriate care providers are typically with the child at all times. As a child grows older, it is not practical, possible, or necessary for a parent to be that 24 / 7 protector of their children. As a child grows older, we, as parents, cannot be everything for our children. They must and do venture out in the world. As teenagers, parents still provide for their children and serve as guides and mentors. When a teen is away from a parent on a short trip or a long one, a parent will worry but, again, cannot be there at all times. Tragically, many teens die as a result of Florida Automobile Accidents on a far too frequent basis. Through no fault of the teen victim, a life is lost due to the negligence or carelessness of another driver. The at-fault driver may be another teen driver, an adult driver, a commercial driver, truck driver, etc. . . No matter the identity of the at-fault driver or at-fault owner of the automobile, truck or vehicle, a teen’s life is lost and parents will grieve after the accident and for a lifetime for that matter.
It is interesting to note that in the English dictionary there is no word designated for a parent who loses a child. When a man loses his wife, he is a widower. When a wife loses her husband, she is a widow. When a child loses his parents, he is an orphan; however, when a parent loses a child, there is no word to describe the parents. Furthermore, the pain in losing a child is indescribable.
Certainly, the first thought that enters a parent’s head following the death of a child is not “Let’s get an attorney.” It is more common and natural for a parent to be in shock and a loss for word or rational thought. Questions that commonly arise include the following: What happened? How could this be? Is this a nightmare? Is this a mistake? Could my child really be gone?