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To me, you can lose someone in one
of two ways:

1. A drawn-out and expected thing (age, long- term illness, etc.)

loss loss loss loss loss loss loss loss loss

peace

time

2. A sudden tragedy.

L
O
S
S
time

shock and recovery.

peace

I have cried over an acquaintance, an
unknown friend of a friend, and even
a cat in instances of scenario 2.
I have lost a number of loved ones to
scenario 1 and felt seemingly nothing.

After a fairly long battle with heart
conditions and vascular dementia, my
grandfather passed away today.

Admittedly, I thought I possessed
some kind of enlightened stoicism as
I sorted, nonchalantly, through the
inevitable Facebook posts.

Why be sorry, I thought, for a loss that
has ended?

Then I saw my grandmother's post.

Friends, Just wanted to let everyone know that
I lost my best friend and husband of 60 years
today

I realized something.

From the beginning of my
grandfather's slow passing to the very
end of it, my grandmother did not
reduce the experience – did not
reduce him – to a long loss.

With love and patience, she still saw
her best friend.
Every day.

In choosing to love, perhaps, the
moment of permanency really was a
loss.

More than I would ever feel, as I had
chosen coldness.
This philosophy has buffered me for a
long time. Intentionally, of course,
from feeling the negatives...


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