When a Jewish Child Dies

It may feel like walking through the valley of the shadow of death.

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8. Look out for your own needs first; this is one time of life when selfishness is really okay.

9. Try hard to believe that life really is worth living--whether your rationale be to perpetuate your child's memory; or to resume accomplishing the goals you previously had set for yourself; or to strive toward entirely new goals; or to try to find the answers to the age-old question of "Why?"; or for any other reason that has meaning to you.

10. Have faith, even on the darkest days, that there will indeed be light at the end of the tunnel; that life may again have meaning as you begin to emerge from the valley of the shadow.

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Mort Schrag is involved in parent bereavement in Los Angeles.