Our expert says:
Actually, an interesting question. Some people do find, and have written about, a connection of the sort you are experiencing. Faced with the prospect of death in a loved one but of an older generation, one may inded feel some sort of vague broody urge to reproduce, to add another person the the family tree, as one seems likely to be removed from it ---how about other readers, anyone else experienced such a connection ?
There was some curious research after the Aberfan disaster, decades back, when an unstable mine tip slid after heavy rains, and buried the village school, killing almost an entire generation of children --- one researcher reported that, after an interval, the birth rate in that single valley and no others in the area, rose higher than usual, until about as many extra children had been born, above the usual numbers, as replaced the children who had been lost, and then the birth-rate in that valley fell back, again, to the same level as anywhere else in Wales. Curious, ne ?
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