Opinion

Both mind and body are equally important in achieving health

18 April 2021 - 00:00 By Lindiwe Mazibuko

In his 1976 novel, An Orphan’s Tale, the US author and essayist Jay Neugeboren famously wrote: “[A] wife who loses a husband is called a widow. A husband who loses a wife is called a widower. A child who loses his parents is called an orphan. There is no word for a parent who loses a child. That’s how awful the loss is.”

Having never been a parent, I cannot comprehend the scale of such a loss; how deeply unnatural and soul-wrenching it must be to bury a child you prayed would one day carry your legacy. The pain of losing a son or daughter to suicide is, equally, suffering that is too terrible to name...

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