Shirah Vollmer MD

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Losing Children: Helping Others…

Posted by Dr. Vollmer on July 26, 2013

George H. W. Bush joins clean pate club,0,1931521.story

George H. W. Bush, lost his four-year old daughter, Robin  to leukemia. More recently, many many decades later, he has shaved his head in solidarity with this little child, the son of a secret service, who also has leukemia. The enduring aspect of his parental pain comes through as this story is portrayed to today’s LA Times. Every parent can imagine the anguish of losing a child. Yet, not every parent goes public with their loss for fear of pity, shame, and/or triggering overwhelming grief. Former President Bush gets a lot of credit for keeping the memory of his daughter alive through this current action of shaving his head. The article gives humanity to a man who has long been out of the spotlight, but returns now in this touching way. Regardless of political leanings, the unification of parents helps us get through difficult times. Through such deep sadness comes a world which feels a little warmer. I salute you..Former President. George H. W. Bush.

4 Responses to “Losing Children: Helping Others…”

  1. Jon said

    There are many things that I am not happy about with regard to Bush 41 (aka George H. W. Bush) – most among them Bush 43. However, his stance in solidarity of a son of a secret service man is a great exception.

    This also brings to mind one of other stances that he made that pleased me. Quoting from the New York Times in March 23, 1990:

    It was a proclamation that every child, and many adults, have dreamed of making.

    President Bush declared today that he never, ever, wants to see another sprig of broccoli on his plate, whether he is on Air Force One or at the White House or anywhere else in the land.

    ”I do not like broccoli,” the President said, responding to queries about a broccoli ban he has imposed aboard Air Force One, first reported this week in U.S. News and World Report. ”And I haven’t liked it since I was a little kid and my mother made me eat it. And I’m President of the United States, and I’m not going to eat any more broccoli!”

  2. Shelly said

    Hi profile people can make statements that us ordinary folks cannot. Former President Bush’s statement clearly says, “I empathise with your pain, I feel your helplessness, I feel your fear.” He speaks to the parents of this little child. It is admirable. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if there were advocates such as he for all

    • Yes, but it is interesting to me what issues high profile folks choose to champion. In this case, it seems so clear that is related to his own trauma, many many decades ago. I am fascinated by how long these feelings can persist. Yes, not every cause gets an advocate, but I am always amazed when a good cause does. Thanks.

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