On my way to Bali I started reading my first book by Joan Didion. The Year of Magical Thinking. Not the happiest of books, seeing as the topic of the book is losing a loved one and the thought processes that follows. But the book resonated with me without saddening me.

This same topic came up at the party I attended the night before. I was talking to this girl about her wanting to become a nurse. Five glasses of wine into the evening I asked the personal question : How would you feel about telling a family that their loved one is gone? 

Her reply, like Didion, resonated with me: When you’ve been there it’s easier.

Life changes in an instant. You sit down for dinner and life as you know it ends.

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