How To Overcome The Devastation Of Losing A Child [Podcast]

Season 1, Episode 7- The Honestly Speaking Parenting Podcast

It’s the worst fear of any parent- losing a child. For our guest, Denise, her worst fear became a reality 2 years ago when her son Ian took his own life. In the wake of this tragedy she is learning how to move forward, and live life, in-spite of deep loss.


Christmas is supposed to be the happiest season of the year. Filled with family gatherings, good food, friends, gifts, shiny decorations and hallmark memories to last a lifetime. No one expects the season to turn tragic. That’s exactly what happened to Jim and Denise Rose and their two daughter’s on December 24th, 2013.

In the blink of an eye, they lost their son…their brother…their baby.

But their story is a story of hope. Out of the ashes of this devastating moment, and in the midst of grief that still exists every day, they’ve found hope to keep going, and keep living.

Listen To The Podcast.


Notes and Quotes from The Show.

We loved the opportunity to spend time with Denise and listen to her story. She and Jim are living proof that there is hope, in-spite of unbelievably tragedy. She also shared great wisdom for anyone who may be parenting a child dealing with depression or mental illness.

Out of the entire episode, we realized the most important quote we could share is Psalm 13, which Denise referenced during the show, and shared that this has gotten her through the dark days…

Denise also shared these words, toward the end of the episode, that’s an encouragement for anyone who feels like their life is worthless or that they would be better off not living anymore…

Links and Resources.

After we finished the recording for this episode, Denise sent over several resources for suicide awareness, and prevention. Suicide is never the answer. In fact, the truth is that it’s a permanent solution to a temporary problem. Here are those links, along with our shout-out to The Monon Community Center in Carmel, Indiana:

We hope you’ve found encouragement and hope through Jim and Denise’s story. If you have questions or comments, feel free to leave them in the comment section of this post or send us an email by clicking here.

Question: Have you faced a tragedy like Jim and Denise Rose did? Do you know someone who has? Share your story with us. You can leave a comment by clicking here.

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  • jetquat

    Might not help the speaker, but it might help others. There was a comment by your guest about growing up in a Faith that believed if you commit suicide you will not go to Heaven. The Catholic Church used to have that stance, but it does no any longer. I read it somewhere, and it was very compassionate how it was written (maybe in the Catechism). Basically, nobody God knows the state of mind of an individual the moment before Death. God is our only Judge. So while we dont know if any particular individual accepted Christ in their heart, Its not taught that suicide is a mortal sin.

  • Caj’s Ma

    we lost our 16 y.o. son last March. Medical examiner said it was suicide. We all find that very hard to believe. He wasn’t bullied, depressed, no broken relationship. He was class president, leader of his schools drama club and looking forward to visiting colleges this past summer. He was our only child. For some reason I feel drawn toward fostering / adoption. I’m not sure that we are ready. Not sure I can handle it. Scared that something bad may happen.Not sure I can deal with the loss when/if for some reason it doesn’t work out. Thanks for your blog…its very comforting.

    • Kristin Berry

      Oh my goodness. I just saw this comment. I am sorry for your loss. I’m sure you have had a lot to deal with recently as you have just passed the anniversary of your loss.