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The Grief of Others by Leah Hager Cohen
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Dec 04, 2011

really liked it

The Grief of Others refers to how our own pain can blindside us to what others are feeling. In this case, two parents who have lost their newborn child shut out others (including their spouse and children) who are also suffering. How they finally deal with this pain, and the damage it causes along the way make up the bulk of this many layered story.

I especially loved the ending of the story, because it dealt with our need for closure this way:
What is there to know? Could it be that attempting to answer any of these questions might amount to arrogance, to a kind of conceit verging on blasphemy? Could there be a point beyond which it would be hubris to proceed? We know more than we pretend to know. More than we presume to know. Even so, what we know would fill a teaspoon. (p 370)

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