There are 18 million orphans in the world, including over 100,000 children in the U.S. who are waiting to be adopted. While organizations like The Orphan Foundation help with the adoption process, the possibility of help still doesn't ease the pain of losing both parents as a child.
For some, the emotional grief from experiencing the realities of death at such a young age can be too great to understand. And the experience might be understandably difficult for orphans to discuss.
Here are 17 confessions from orphans posted on Whisper. They reveal how the contributors really feel.