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The Essential Guide to Grief and Grieving by MS. Debra Holland

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chapter 10

Death of Extended Family and Friends

Losing the older generation

Losing members of your generation

The death of friends

Losing pets

An extended family is a group of people woven together by bonds of blood, love, and history. Some families are more tightly knit than others. With a caring, extended family, we have more people to love us and more for us to love. We have a sense of being part of a greater whole. We have a place in the tapestry of our “clan.” When someone dies, a hole is ripped in the fabric of the family. Almost every member is affected in some way.

Our extended family provides living links to our past, present, and future. They are part of our cherished memories, and we hope to make more with them. Depending on ...

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