Zeszyty Naukowe Centrum Badań im. Edyty Stein – Wobec Śmierci, nr 9 (2012), s. 217-233
Death is an unusual mystery and the death of a child is an especially unusual
mystery. Such death violates the natural chronology of events as it makes someone
completely innocent and defenseless pass away and deeply affects family relationships.
This article does not have the ambition to unravel the great mystery of human existence,
but it only attempts to deal with some of its aspects at the philosophical and theological
level. It points out that there is no simple relationship between the death of a child and
a moral life, especially that of parents’. To look for such a relationship as a justifi cation of
a child’s death would be unfair. When it comes to relationships with God, on the one hand,
the death of a child may cause parents to remove God from their lives and even to deny His
existence; on the other hand, an attempt to accept the death of a child may be understood
as a sacrifi ce offered to God. Such death becomes a privileged space for experiencing the
profound effects of God’s grace and mercy, and it brings about a deeply human attitude,
fi rst, to a dying child, and then to those who have been left with a void after their child’s
death. In this way, it deepens interpersonal relationships.