Theme and Variations about Short Lives, Child Death, Parent Grief
by Jane O'Leary
The death of an infant, child, or young adult, and the effects of that death on parents and other family is the central theme. Its variations are considerations of the experiences and observations of the author, the mother of three. Two of her children died in car accidents 23 years apart. The variations include essays, metaphors, and stories that address parental, sibling and grandparent grief.