When our son, Will, our only child, died from a mystery illness in January 2006, I did not want to go on living.
But I have found a way forward through writing, joining a national support group and now in turn helping to support other bereaved parents.
Life will never be the same again but we can and do survive and sharing our grief with those who truly do understand is a lifeline.
A child who loses both parents is called an orphan,
a husband who loses his wife is called a widower,
a wife who loses her husband is called a widow.
But for the parent who loses a child, there are no words
– that is how awful the loss is.