Image of Thomas Harding whose 14 year old son died in front of him

‘We keep him close, always’: how I survived the loss of my teenage son

‘Seven years ago, my 14-year-old son, Kadian, was killed in a road accident. This is the advice I’d give myself back then. The first thing I would say to my seven-year-younger-self is this: I am so sorry for your loss. I am so, so sorry for your loss.

There are some people who will struggle to say this. Who will be awkward and embarrassed and overwhelmed. But not me. Plain and simple, this is a catastrophe. It is horrible. Terrible. Disgusting. Awful. Life-changing and unfair.

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