Once a woman came to the Buddha, carrying her dead son in her arms. She asked him to have mercy on her, to give her back her son. The Buddha said that he could help her. First, he said, bring me a mustard seed from a family that has never experienced death. The woman searched from home to home. People wanted to help but everyone she met had experienced death - a brother, sister, parent, husband, child. After searching for a long time the woman returned to the Buddha.
He said, Where is your son?
The woman replied, I buried him.
- The Disappeared, by Kim Echlin