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The Replacement Child Theory

Jayme and her little brother Alex

Jayme and her little brother Alex

by Sue McKechnie, Caregiver

Not even one year after we lost our son, Shawn to a brain tumour, I began thinking about having another child. I told myself that our six year old daughter needed a sibling as I didn’t want her growing up as an only child. I wasn’t naïve to my own needs that were sending my thoughts down this path; I missed small arms wrapped around my neck and that soft whispering voice of a young child.  I also missed having someone who needed me, someone to take up the idle time I now had.

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