The death of a loved one can be brutal. The grief that follows is draining – emotionally, mentally, physically – and can seem neverending. Eventually, somehow, people do get through it.
But how? How do you go on when your mother, father, sister, brother, husband, wife, child has died? How do you hope when hope seems impossible?
Earlier this week, a former high school classmate of mine died at the age of 35. Daniel's death was not a surprise – he'd been battling brain cancer most of his adult life. Though I hadn't seen him in many years, I felt an overwhelming sadness at his death. He had defied the odds again and again, inspiring his friends and acquaintances with his strength and determination, his love of music and life. For me, his death seemed to reinforce the sad truth that sometimes, no matter how hard you fight, you lose.
But as I've contemplated his life and death over the past few days, and read through the messages left online in his Guest Book and on his Facebook page, I've come to realize that the strength of character that defined him in life has not diminished. Daniel was amazing, and will continue to inspire everyone who knew him. As another classmate put it, "
To help you as you grieve for a loved one, Legacy.com's loss experts offer advice to help you cope – and hope when there is no hope.