Prior to the death of a child, some parents have experienced a phenomenon known as claircognizance (clear knowing). This means that one or both parents had a strong feeling that the child would die, even though there was no logical reason present to fear the child’s death.
To be clear, the experience of claircognizance about a child’s impending death goes far beyond the typical worrying of a parent for the child. Some parents describe the “knowing” as a realization that comes to them “like being struck by lightning” or “punched in the stomach.”
These are seemingly normal parents, most of whom report that they never experienced anything of a psychic nature previously.
Claircognizance about the death of a child may happen to the parent only once, shortly before the child’s unexpected death (and often within 24 hours prior). In other cases, claircognizance of the death of a child occurs several times, over the course of months or years.
Recently, I did a medium reading for a mom whose eight-year-old son had died from a head injury he sustained while at school. The young boy said in the reading, “Mommy, remember I told you that I wouldn’t always be with you.”
The boy’s mother responded, “That’s right! He was about 4 years old when he said that to me…Also, I had a sick feeling that morning that I could lose my son.”
This parent, like many, asked me whether she was supposed to prevent her son’s death. Was that the reason she felt that her son was going to die?
Was the boy’s mother supposed to save him? She needed answers from me.
I explained claircognizance and why it happens. The experience of “knowing” is NOT intended to make the parent responsible to prevent the child’s death. The experience of “knowing” is an acknowledgement (on a soul level) that the child’s death is going to occur, and it’s part of a plan. Claircognizance doesn’t come with an exact time, date, or means of the impending death, because there is no prevention possible.
The parent who experienced the “knowing” of the impending death was being prepared (again, on a soul level) for the inevitable death of the child.
The death of one’s child is the toughest and most raw life experience a human being can have. Yet we are told, in over 200 years of afterlife research, that there are reasons why this suffering is needed (although we won’t fully understand those reasons until after we return to heavenly home). The bottom line seems to be that each soul born on Earth arrives with a plan outlining the broad strokes of his or her life. Grief is a part of the plan, and in its wake, great spiritual growth is possible. Earth is where we come to have experiences that allow us to grow spiritually.