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I guess we’ve all heard this quote, or variations of it.
we call the person who has lost his father an orphan, and a widower that man who has lost his wife. But that man who has known the immense unhappiness of losing a friend. What do we call him. Here every language is silent and holds its peace in impotence.
so my question is, do we have a word for it? also, is there a word for a parent who has lost a child?
sorry if this question has already been answered but I looked and couldn’t find it.
A word like widower is actionable to the villagers all around- is he marriageable again for instance, plus tax and legal statuses and whatnots. Likewise there is the word gentile, but nothing else similarly – there is just not enough mentioning of concepts like non-French, non-Chinese to warrant a word.