Loss and Grief

In modern times it is hard to imagine the amount of grief families must have endured with the loss of loved ones, and when researching family histories, it is an all too common occurrence to find parents who have lost multiple children. One such family is that of Jane Christie Couper and William Alfred Speirs who lost eight of their thirteen children. Jane’s signature is on multiple death certificates and she lost two of her children one day apart. Jeanie Speirs was 6 months old and her brother Archibald was 2. Both died in 1899 from bronchopneumonia. Jane experienced much loss within her lifetime with the death of her husband, 7 siblings, 8 children and 5 grandchildren. It makes us wonder how families coped. Was pregnancy the joyous occasion it is today, or was there always an underlying assumption that things may go wrong, therefore people tried not to become too attached? It certainly makes us grateful for modern medicine!

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