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November 18, 2014


Oh, WN?, that's so sad. I'm sorry.

In Judaism, as you know probably know, we say, "May his memory be for a blessing." We also say, "May you be comforted among the mourners of Zion and Jerusalem." It doesn't remove the sense of utter wrongness of such a death. My condolences to your family.

Oh, I am so very sorry--sending thoughts toward your whole family right now.

Oh no. I'm so very sorry.

A close friend & colleague of mine experienced a devastatingly unexpected loss this week--different from but roughly in the same category as your cousin's--so I've been thinking a lot about how disruptive grief is for everyone, and the way it involves both an intense sense of intimacy with and a radical estrangement from others. (This colleague has not been at work, but in talking about the situation the rest of us have sometimes been visibly near tears or feeling the need to hug each other--there's just so much emotion that doesn't really have anywhere to go.)

That's heartbreaking. I am sorry and, you're right, this is something that really resonates with a teacher of teens or young adults.

OH NO!!! That's is just so devastating! Even if you didn't know your cousin's son well. I'm so sorry. I'll be thinking of them and also of your dad and praying for them. I am glad your dad said he loved you, though. Like you said, a good ending to a hard conversation.

Thanks for your comment about the car. I feel the same way about life -- why do we have to be grown ups and face certain kinds of things? I don't think I'd had a friend tell me something that resonated so much with my own feelings in a long time. I need to blog about these kinds of feelings. They are with me very often. And I'm glad to know I'm not the only one! Thanks!

Oh no no, I'm so sorry. Words don't approach it.

I'm so sorry for your family's loss. I empathize with you too because teaching "Catcher," as much as a I love it, has been colored differently for me since we lost a student to suicide almost two years ago. Sending healing thoughts to everyone involved, and hoping you get some respite soon.

I'm so sorry, WN. How awful. Sending you good vibes.

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