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“I had a friend who years before had lost her firstborn when he was an infant, and she told me one of the piercing consolations she received in her early grief was from a man who recognized the fierce loyalty one feels to the dead. ‘The real hell of this,’ he told her, ‘is that you’re going to get through it.’ Like a starfish, the heart endures its amputation.”

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source: Let’s Take the Long Way Home (New York: Random House, 2010), 163.

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