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Monday, October 01, 2012

Is This Grief, or Something Else?

On the news, there is a story of a teen girl who was killed in a car crash last night. The announcer, at the scene of a memorial, said, "The grief is so great because her death was so sudden and unexplained."

Grief is what we feel at the lost of a person we care about. Suddenness could amplify that, but inexplicability? What that does, I suspect, is make us worry, "That could be me!" We may have no reason to think we may die tomorrow, but we had no reason to think so about her, either. And if she could die "inexplicably," well...

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