Philip Newton (pne) wrote,
Philip Newton
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child : orphan :: parent : ?

Just read something in the AWAD newsletter:

we have a name for a child who has lost a parent -- orphan; 'widow' describes a woman whose husband has died, and widower for the male counterpart. But there is no term to describe a parent who has lost a child -- there are no words adequate for that pain.

And it's true; there's no word for that—nor in German, either, for that matter.

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