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Anonymous whispered : We call someone who's lost their parents an orphan. Any word(s) for someone who's lost a child ?


The parents who lost their only child is called shīdú 失獨 (失独) in China. 

As a result of the one-child policy, the numbers of shidu parents is expected to increase in China over the coming years. This disadvantaged and marginalized group numbers about a million and grows by 76,000 each year.

In a society where parents rely on their children for looking after them in old age, this phenomenon has devastating effect to many shidu parents.