Children, Fatal Illness and the Nature of Suffering

May 25, 2018

(Scientific American) – But what about a nonverbal child or infant? How do we determine if they are suffering? This is what is at the heart of the public debates about how to care for children with incurable illness, and much of this involves our own perception, and even projection, while observing a child. But is a child necessarily suffering just because for us, as observers, it feels like suffering to watch? In the absence of hard evidence to the contrary, we need to rely on parents to guide us about how they identify and perceive their child’s suffering.