This, from Ursula Hegi’s collection of short stories entitled Hotel of the Saints. A quote from “Freitod” (the German word meaning free death):
“Because that is the nature of being a parent, Sabine has discovered. You love your children far more than you ever loved your parents, and—in that love, and in the recognition that your own children cannot fathom the depth of your love—you come to understand the tragic unrequited love of your own parents.” (71)
Can this be defied?