She was my friend. The maid of honor at my wedding. She used to make me laugh a lot. And today she reminded me that life is so very short.
Without realizing it at the time, I experienced the full effects of disenfranchised grief when my father committed suicide. He was an alcoholic, had few friends, and many troubles in his life. He was emotionally abusive and unpredictable, and yet, when he died at his own hand, I grieved his loss,