Over the summer a good friend of mine passed away in an accident. It was very sudden and totally unexpected. Honestly, I'm not sure I've fully processed it even months later. I grew up in a very small town, where even the loss of one familiar face has a profound impact. But he was more than just a familiar face -- he was someone I knew and cared about deeply. To imagine my home without him is impossible.
About a month ago, when he crossed my mind as he often does, I decided to sit down and write my way through everything I was feeling. The result went up on WildSpice today, and I hope it is a comfort to anyone who has lost a loved one. The process of organizing my thoughts and asking myself questions like, "What do you remember? How does it feel in this moment? What would you say to him?" was extremely cathartic, like giving myself permission to dive into the deep end of everything I was feeling. It's still surreal, and I think in a way it always will be, but putting words on paper truly did help.
You can read the piece here, and I'm sending lots of love to anyone who has struggled or is struggling to understand the loss of a loved one.
Bridey is a freelance writer living in Washington, D.C.
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