The sudden, unexpected and unexplained death of a healthy infant in its first six months of life (at most one year) is surely one of the most tragic human experiences a parent can undergo. The shock of loss is commonly accompanied by unusual grief, feelings of guilt and the emergence of unanswerable questions on how such an event could have occurred. Fifty years of medical research to find the cause of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, (SIDS) have found neither the cause of the phenomenon nor a means of predicting or preventing it—only a long list of secondary unlikely “risk factors,” which offer no answers to the questions being asked, no guidelines for action and no consolation to parents.

A novel investigation at the Center for Applied Intuition (CAI) utilized a systematic method of consensual intuitive inquiry to generate an explanation of the cause of SIDS and suggestions on how it may best be handled by the parents and other family members. A dozen “expert intuitives,” whose skills had been verified for acquiring entirely new and correct knowledge in other areas, explained that a very young infant is sufficiently conscious to be able to continue its life or to leave it at will—its own kind of suicide. As its “life force“ withdraws, the body succumbs to whatever is its weakest physical condition, which in the case of SIDS is not necessarily detectable.

Modern medical science possesses no means for investigating subjective information sources such as intuition, or even for testing whether proposed explanations are right or wrong. It has therefore disregarded all non-physical approaches to understanding SIDS. However, partial corroboration of the intuitive finding is available from various psychological sources,. They show clearly that perinatal infants possess an active consciousness capable of sensation, memory and some degree of choice.

SIDS can therefore be seen as a natural occurrence, not a physical disorder or a medical disease and not a direct result of parental action or inaction. The usual grief, guilt and confusion of the parents, while certainly understandable, arise from a misconception of the life process itself, which includes the possibility of premature death for infants just as it does for adults.

The parents’ typical mistaken responses may be dispelled by a fuller understanding and acceptance of the central place of death in human life. The infant has the same free will as its parents to leave life at any time. The parents’ love for their child is no less genuine by this revised understanding, though it applies more to the infant’s consciousness than to its body, which can indeed be lost. Most important, both its own consciousness and a parent’s consciousness do not begin at birth nor end at death, for both are ongoing even though invisible. Herein lies the meaning and the main lesson which parents may learn from losing a child to SIDS or any form of infant death.   Read full article

Last modified: March 31, 2017