The death of a parent when you are a youngster is a traumatic event. In the United States, an estimated 3.5 percent of children under the age of 18 (about 2.5 million) have lost a parent. Grief and agony are not contests. The long-term effects of losing a parent as a kid are determined by the parent-child connection before and after the death, as well as the support the child receives. There is no such thing as a “worst age for a parent to die.”
Most individuals believe that losing a parent while they are younger is the most difficult since losing an attachment figure is traumatic. If the child has a good support structure in place to help them process their loss, they can still form stable attachments and thrive.
Older or even adult children, on the other hand, may suffer greatly since it is a huge loss in their lives or they do not have close friends to help them get through this moment. So there’s no point in comparing. Early parent loss increases the likelihood of insufficient child care and affects the family’s financial situation.
In some families, this involves increased pressure on the grieving kid to assume parental tasks and withdraw from friends. Others will experience low psychological well-being, behavioral changes, increased stress, and sleep difficulties as a result of their parents’ deaths.