John Travolta may be successful, famous and rich, but he’s proved far from immune to tragedy. In 2009, for example, the star suffered the overwhelming loss of his son, Jett, who passed away after experiencing a seizure. And both Travolta and the boy’s mother, Kelly Preston, have since spoken about their heartbreaking ordeal – one that left the actor contemplating whether continuing to live was even worth it.
It goes without saying that losing a child is one of the worst things that can happen to a person. And the statistics surrounding the subject speak to just how devastating such deaths can be on loved ones; mortality rates have been found to be higher than average among bereaved parents in Scandinavia, for example. Yet although tragedies of this kind affect all too many worldwide, the passing of a child and the effects on those left behind are sometimes brushed under the carpet.
Needless to say, then, the lack of acknowledgement of a child’s death can add to feelings of loneliness and isolation that may only compound the initial grief. And this is why it can be helpful when stars speak out about how their own losses have affected them. Whenever Travolta talks about Jett, you see, it may encourage others to recognize that they’re not alone in their hurt.