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Hope from despair

BMJ 2013; 346 doi: (Published 29 January 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;346:f420

Re: Hope from despair

Grieving is bittersweet. At first, we are overwhelmed with the shock and bitterness of losing a loved one. But after a while, after the shock starts to wear off, we begin to reminisce about the sweetness that we shared with our loved one. Still later, after the bitterness and sweetness begin to recede, we start analyzing our relationship with our loved one, and come to new understandings. Since the grieving process is lengthy and complex, but productive, we should give ourselves ample time to go through the whole process and come out a better person. 

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23 March 2014
Hugh Mann
Eagle Rock, MO, USA