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    Death of a loved one

    “Death is not the extinguishing of the light, but putting out the lamp because the Dawn has come.” 

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    Bereavement is a powerful, life-changing experience that most people find overwhelming. Although grief is a natural process of human life, most of us are not inherently able to manage it alone. At the same time, others are often unable to provide aid or insight because of discomfort with the situation and the desire to avoid making things worse.

    Dealing with death is a life experience that no one wants to face. Most of us at one time or another will experience the loss of someone we love. There is no way to avoid the pain completely, but we can find ways to cope, to become stronger, and, eventually, to find peace.

    Though the death of someone you love may feel like a full stop on the page of your life, it really is just a comma. You may feel like your life, too, has ended but it has only paused – it is a pause for grieving, mourning and for reflection, reassessment and redirection.

    It is difficult to make decisions or even know where to start after the death of someone close to you. When you are grieving, it is hard to think clearly.

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