Sunday 25 February 2018

The awful suffering of parents

Nick Cave
Nick Cave
Brendan O'Connor

Brendan O'Connor

Is there anything more terrifying, more traumatic than the idea of a child, a baby, in an "unresponsive state"?

And how do we not blame ourselves when a child dies? We are supposed to protect them, at all costs.

Two years ago, the musician Nick Cave lost his teenage son Arthur in a tragic accident. Arthur had taken LSD with a friend for the first time and fell off a cliff in his home town of Brighton. There were suggestions in the media that Cave himself, who has a history of hard drug use, should in some way bear responsibility for Arthur's death.

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