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Grieving the Loss of a Child
Nothing is worse than a parent outliving one of their children. Unfortunately, that’s exactly what John Travolta and Kelly Preston are facing after the sudden death of their 16 year-old son, Jett.
According to Travolta’s lawyer, Jett suffered a seizure Friday morning at his family’s vacation home at the Old Bahama Bay Hotel on Grand Bahama Island. The teen apparently had a history of seizures. His parents had confirmed in the past that he suffered from Kawasaki Syndrome, which can lead to heart disease as well as asthma. They denied rumors that Jett was autistic.
“He’s my first, and he’s my heart. And he’s a very special boy,” Travolta said in an interview several years ago. “He’s Daddy’s boy. And we spend a lot of time together even though I’m pretty busy. He loves the outdoors and he loves to travel.”
Losing a child is a heartbreak many people don’t recover from, but I had read somewhere that losing a firstborn is particularly difficult. Maybe it’s because of the time you spent with him/her as the only child that makes that bond run a bit deeper. Whatever the reason, I have no idea what this family is going through right now—and I pray I never do.
Share your stories or thoughts below. –Linda DiProperzio