I’ve lost many things in my life. Games. Material objects. Arguments. Elections. I’ve come to accept losing as a part of life – it comes with the territory of being human. But I’ve experienced loss in the past year or so that has been especially difficult. My dad, mom, and brother have all passed away. With their passing also went part of me – namely my childhood and background. The hurt might not be what it was when the news first arrived, but it is still there. I actually do not think I will ever lose the hurt completely. There’s an awful lot in life to be happy about. That doesn’t mean, however, that we should suppress sadness. There are things to be sad about, too.

I suspect that those of you who are reading this have also experienced loss. I want to reassure you that you are not alone. Loss is part of life.

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