My Friend Helped Me Survive the Death of My Son; Then She Died Too

“After someone dies” doesn’t mean “completely absent from your life.”

Carrie Thompson
Apr 15 · 6 min read
Penobscot River, Maine. Photo by the author.

There is no manual for how to grieve the loss of a loved one. There are no words; there is no fixing it. We can’t wish it away or explain the loss adequately, no matter how hard we try.