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Parents with no surviving children: “Aging without children”

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The other day The Guardian newspaper published an interesting article on “aging without children”. The author was from a charity I had never come across before: “Aging without Children” (AWOC)

The article posed the question:

Who will support people who are ageing without children?

By 2030, a quarter of people in the UK will get old without having children. Measures need to be put in place to fill the care gap

A good question, one that is often discussed amongst those of us who are members of the subgroup of The Compassionate Friends called “Parents With No Surviving Children / Childless Parents”.  In other words, those of us who had a child or children, but lost their sole child, or lost all of their children.

I am one of those latter, having lost my son aged 3 to a genetic condition in 1982, and my daughter aged…

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