Grieving parents to get care, spiritual comfort
when the mother turns 49.
Mostsuchcouplesneedmore spiritual comfort than material benefits, according to Tang.
“Such couples usually need at least half a year to get out of pain,” she said, adding that it’s encouraging to see that local governments are paying more attention to people’s spiritual needs.
The current number of families who have lost an only child and will not have another one in China has exceeded 1 million— a number that’s still increasing, experts say.
Before the adoption of the universal two-child policy earlier this year, most urban couples could only have one child. That policy had been in place in China for about three decades.
The new policy makes some 90 million couples in China eligible to have a second child. About half the parents are more than 40 years old, according to the family planning commission.