Sunday, May 25, 2008

when you no longer are.

Once he had told her something that she could not imagine: that amputees suffer pains, cramps, itches, in the leg that is no longer there. That is how she felt without him, feeling his presence where he no longer was.
- Gabriel Garcia Màrquez, Love in the Time of Cholera

while researching dying/grief for my psych write-up, i came across the following.

"Hampe identified 8 needs of family members of dying persons. These included:
1) to be with the dying person; 2) to be helpful to the dying person; 3) to receive assurance of the dying person's comfort; 4) to be informed of the dying person's condition; 5) to be informed of impending death; 6) to vent emotions; 7) to receive comfort and support from the family; and 8) to receive acceptance, support, and comfort from health care professionals."

it is something we can learn about.

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