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Part II: What You Need to Know About Grief > Why All Loss Is Death-Like

Chapter 4. Why All Loss Is Death-Like

Death comes in many forms. We know that people are expected to behave in a certain way when a loved one has died or has been given six months to live. We also expect grief when a pet has died or possessions have been lost in a house fire. People tell us that they “cried and cried” when they found out that their father has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and is “no longer the Dad I have always known.” Death, however, is not restricted to the end of someone’s life. It is currently expanded to mean the ending of something as we have “always known it to be.” We are talking about the loss that comes from change.


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