Birth and Death! they are so closely linked. In an ideal world both probably should be at home, surrounded by loved ones. A very dear friend of mine lost her son today. He died alone in his unit and she found him 24hrs. later. He was her first born precious son (as they all are) and even though he was in his 40’s, this certainly does not diminish the impact of losing a child. This is definitely not in the rules of life. Parents should die before their children. Being the mother of 2 son’s I can only imagine the absolute agony and pain of losing your child – whether that happens in utero or to a grown man. Every time I come home from a birth or a death, (a rare event in my business) I just want to go and give my children a huge hug and wrap them in cotton wool to keep them safe, but as mother’s we have to let our children go, eventually, and trust we have given them the best possible start in life.