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Death becomes us

BMJ 2010; 340 doi: (Published 06 January 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c79

But thy eternal Summer shall not fade (Shakespeare Sonnet 18)

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
So the grieving process is lengthy, complicated, and ultimately productive.
give ourselves ample time to go through the whole process and come out a
better person.

Competing interests:
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Competing interests: No competing interests

21 January 2010
Hugh Mann
Eagle Rock, MO 65641 USA