Here is the abstract of a study done by:Catherine H. Rogers, Department of Psychology, Georgia State UniversityFrank J. Floyd, Department of Psychology, Georgia State UniversityMarsha Mailick Seltzer, Waisman Center, University of Wisconsin—MadisonJan Greenberg, and Waisman Center, University of Wisconsin—MadisonJinkuk Hong Waisman Center, University of Wisconsin—MadisonAbstract:The death of a child is a traumatic event that can have long-term effects on the lives of parents. This study examined bereaved parents of deceased children (infancy to age 34) and comparison parents with similar backgrounds (n = 428 per group) identified in the Wisconsin Longitudinal Study. An average of 18.05 years following the death, when parents were age 53, bereaved parents reported more depressive symptoms, poorer well-being, and more health problems and were more likely to have experienced a depressive episode and marital disruption than were comparison parents. Recovery from grief was associated with having a sense of life purpose and having additional children but was unrelated to the cause of death or the amount of time since the death. The results point to the need for detection and intervention to help those parents who are experiencing lasting grief.IT IS NOT MY RESPONSIBILITY:Yes, you (society) is absolutely correct. You (society) is not responsible for the death of our child/children. The death of our child has happened, we are the ones experiencing it, not you the society. However, will you allow us the time to heal? Or will you take advantage of a broken person and constructively dismiss them from their employment? Will you label us inefficient, depressed, mopping, brooding, unable to get over it, wallowing, etc? Or will you look the other way and do nothing while a bereaved parent is abused? Most employers are compassionate and make an effort to understand and learn the challenges facing us. Unfortunately, I also know that there are employers, friends and business partners that have no hesitation in marginalizing and taking advantage of someone felled by a tragedy.A bereaved parent is very vulnerable, we want to return to work (we have bills that need to be paid too). A vulnerable person exposed to a precarious or toxic work environment is a formula for problems to arise and a potential for causing complicated grief and related issues that no one will benefit from. You would not insist that a champion 100-meter sprinter participate in the Olympics if they had broken their ankle 10 days before the race would you?SO, HARDEN THE HECK UP! Surprisingly this is what someone said to me. I could not respond at that time. But am now…. Low social support is a major contributor to the cause of Complicated Grief. - (De Groot et al 2007 Cognitive behaviour therapy to prevent complicated grief among relatives and spouses bereaved by suicide: cluster randomised controlled trial BMJ 2007;334:994)You my friend who asks me to ‘harden the heck up’ may please read the study I have quoted. This will make you a little more informed and educated on what it is that we are trying to heal from. The number of children dying is very low compared to number of children bruising their knees, and the pain of a bereaved parent should not be compared to the pain of a parent whose child has bruised a knee. Social support is necessary and important for the healing of bereaved parents. Compassion and empathy distinguish our Canadian society, but there are (and I can name) many exceptions to this in our society. It is important that those rendered vulnerable by the loss of their child do not fall prey to such vulturous corruptions to Canada and to society.If you have any more questions on Jonathan’s Law, please email me: firstname.lastname@example.orgOn behalf of parents whose child has died and for those parents who unfortunately will suffer the death of their child in the future, I request you to email your MPP and ask them to prioritize Jonathan’s Law.