by Sophie Danis Oberfield

Can Reading Salve Grief?

Death as a physical phenomenon is easy to comprehend; certain bodily functions, necessary for life, cease. On other levels—emotional, philosophical, and theological— death is harder to understand. Some deaths, which come at the end of fully led lives, arc easier to accept. Other deaths, sudden violent events that claim young lives, such as accidents, murder or suicide, are harder to justify or explain.

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