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October 02, 2009


Bill West

I've written about my 4x great grandparents John Cutter West
and Arvilla Ames West losing four children, two grandchildren and
a daughter in law all within a month of each other due to diptheria
in the winter of 1862. I don't know how they managed to keep on going with such a heavy burden of grief.

Well written, Tim.


I cannot imagine the depth of grief a parent would suffer at the loss of their child. I have witnessed the pain (my best friend lost her firstborn less than 24 hours after birth) but that is not the same as feeling it. I hope I never have to know that kind of pain and sorrow.

My great grandparents lost 2 of their 11 children (1 yr old and 3 yr old) to scarlet fever just a few days apart. Every time I look at that family group sheet I hurt for those two babies who have no history to speak of. And I hurt for my great grandparents who must have felt so helpless as they watched their babies die. They had their Catholic faith, yes, but could that really ease their pain and suffering? I don't know but I doubt it.

This was a really great article Tim. Do you think this would make a good COG topic?

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