On Grief

In 1961, N.W. Clerk published a small book about grief.  The book, drawn from notebooks he’d kept after the death of his wife, was a blunt and emotional account of his grieving process. In words that resonated with many, Clerk wrote that after his wife died he felt like one of his limbs had been amputated.  He was also overcome by a strange sense of fear.  “No one ever told me,” he wrote, “that grief felt so much like fear.  […]

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