I want to give personal advice to my student

That has nothing to do with school

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It’s such a lofty thing to do — advise people on how to handle grief. Isn’t it arrogant to tell people how they should feel or how they should handle tragedy? But here I am, writing a letter to a girl, who at this moment, I imagine, is kneeling before her father, saying a goodbye prayer.

Here’s what I want Ella to know.

Dear Ella,

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I don’t know if I’ll give this to Ella. After all, the effects of grief on people are as unpredictable as death is certain. When it comes to death and loss, all we can hope for is that we accept, adapt, and live on.

Mom/ wife/ teacher —Trying to document the journey. Looks to literature to understand life. Enjoys writing about life experiences.

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