Can You Really Prepare for Loss?

I recently lost my father.  He had been ill for quite a while, so I had time to “prepare” for his passing.  After his death, one of the questions I found myself contemplating is whether we can ever really prepare ourselves for painful losses.  I know that I spent the last year of my father’s life being acutely aware of every conversation, each special occasion, every visit, understanding fully that time would eventually run out.  This awareness did not make his passing any less painful, but did open the door to the possibility that I could find peace after his death.  Perhaps surrendering to reality and wisely using what precious time is left is the only preparation we can do.

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