Age of Empathy
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Age of Empathy

When Your Best Friend’s Dad Dies

Loss, empathy, and other complicated emotions

I’ve been best friends with Lynette since fourth grade, when our parents arranged for us to go to church summer camp together. She was a year (and a grade) older than me, but our parents worked it out with the camp to put us in the same fifth-grade cabin.



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Tina L. Smith

Writer, humorist, animal lover, lifelong language geek (er, I proofread for fun). I write on diverse topics that catch my fancy. Everything but haiku(tm). [she]