I think it's safe to say we'll all be holding our children a little tighter tonight 5 months ago

I think it's safe to say we'll all be holding our children a little tighter tonight

My heart goes out to Ashley and Safiyya right now.

Absolutely every parent I know has been watching the updates from the parents of eight-month-old Azaylia Cain and it was absolutely heartbreaking to see her parents share than she had passed away yesterday.

Losing a child is every parents worse nightmare.

There are no words for it, because nothing can come close to describing that kind of loss.

I can't imagine being told I could never hug my child again or hear them laugh or see them smile.

I don't think any of us even want to let our minds go there.

Watching Ashley talk about how much he will miss Azaylia has had me in tears and I think it's safe to say we'll all be holding our children a little tighter tonight.

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The hardest part my job will always be writing about child loss.

Whether it's stories like that of little baby Azaylia or interviewing parents that have lost their children to mental health, it never gets easier.

As a parent you can help empathise with them because you know the bond that a parent has with their child and how devastating it has to be to see that bond be partially taken away.

I say partially because while the love can't be taken away, the time can be.

All parents want to see their children grow up. To experience things like their first steps, first word, first day of school.

Losing those opportunities and that time is huge grief that nothing can fill.

There's nothing any of us can say that will make things easier for Azaylia's parents or any parent who has lost a child.

There are no words.

But there is love and I hope the love that Azaylia brought into this world will help her parents through this terrible time.

If you have been affected by child loss you can contact Anam Cara for support at info@anamcara.ie or call/text 085 2888 888.