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[This is a response to my post of 1/13/03. Dave sent this to the Circle list on 1/14/03. It is reproduced here with his kind permission. -- Robert Young, Webmaster]

a woman in grief Death is inevitable, universal, and experienced by us all, at one time or another. No one gets out of this world alive.

Grief is one of the most personal of all emotions. Each individual handles that burden in his/her own way.

I don't know how anyone handles the death of a loved one without a belief system. The promise of a hereafter is some comfort to those who believe it.

Family and/or close friends are certainly an asset in helping get through the mundane tasks of paying bills and the like. But, there comes a time when you have to be alone with your grief and work through it. No one can do that for you and time is the only thing that heals the open wound.

The scars left by losing loved ones are similar to someone blushing. They are invisible and never seen until the proper words, music, touch, or visual stimulus that strikes a nerve which brings a tear to the eye, a tremble to the hand, a quaver in the voice, or a far off look.

I have offered nothing but points to ponder, but I agree with Robert that there is more to preparation than just a will. It's difficult to get someone to discuss death. It shouldn't be.



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