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How can a parent accept the death of their child? My parents let me know that they do not want to live when I would die before them. This seems to be a pressure for me sometimes because I feel responsible for them in that way

From olden times in Japan it is seen as unfortunate if a child dies before the parents, because a child does have the responsibility to support the parents during their last days. There is a saying: The parents die, the children die, the grandchildren die. That is the natural flow of life. Yet in this life we will never know what may happen. If something unfortunate happens, like a child dying, then it is looked upon in Japan that some bad deed from a former life is showing its consequences.

Please use this time well now and take good care of your parents.

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