Maybe it was because this was the first story we talked about this morning, but the story between the father and son who had cancer was very interesting and emotional. This is not necessarily something I have thought about at length but it has crossed my mind, how would I react if I had a child who was dying or had died. It’s a deeply shaking thought that brings emotions of anger, despair and sadness. I am not usually a very emotional person, I try to think of things as logically and objectively as possible, but this story really got to me. I empathized with the father the narrator talked about how the father was dying along with his son. It is something that no parent should have to experience.
After this first story we heard from Helen. This was another deeply emotional story of a parent losing her child. While the circumstances were different (of course there was not as much detail in the cartoon sketch and while the scenarios were different, it was still the same end result) both scenarios elicited the same general emotions; anger, sadness and despair. Helen’s story was compounded by the fact that it involved a preventable error, which lead to her son’s death. I do not know how I would react if I were in that scenario but I can only hope I use the experience as productively as Helen has.