Griev­ing par­ents to get care, spir­i­tual com­fort

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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.

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