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Dealing with a Loss by Judge Jeff Cox

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y the time most of you read this column, my father will have been gone for a year. It’s hard to believe that a year has already passed. This will be our first Thanksgiving without him and our second Christmas. As time goes by, the memories only get sweeter and the tears get less, but everything he taught me remains strong within me. I still strive to do everything I can to make him and my mom proud, just like he was here and I still remember the things he taught me along the way that help me handle different situations today. Although my family and I miss my dad, I thought of all the people in our community who have lost loved ones this year and the loss they will feel this Holiday Season. We all see death on a daily basis. We see physical death where we lose a loved one and cannot talk to them again. We also see the living death, such as in divorce or losing a close friend. Sometimes the living death is hardest because the person is alive, but for some reason the bond of friendship is broken and that person does not want to communicate with or talk to the other person. I see this in divorce court on a daily basis. There is a loss which takes place in both instances. The loss can be very difficult to handle, but we all usually come out on the other side stronger. Most professional counselors describe grief from a loss as a several step process. First, the grieving person may be depressed and withdraw

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