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Passed and Present: Keeping Memories of Loved Ones Alive by Allison Gilbert

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       Introduction

This book is not about sadness and grieving. These pages are about happiness and remembering. It is possible to look forward, to live a rich and joyful life, while keeping the memory of loved ones alive. I’ll show you how.

Being proactive is critical.

When someone we love dies, we usually benefit from being passive recipients of support. Between the rituals of burial and the recitation of certain prayers, between the wakes and shiva calls, the bereaved, and those who console them, know their role and take their place. But consider the vacuum that happens later. I’ve never met anyone who’s completely stopped thinking about the person he or she loved; our memories flood in and out and wash over us at anticipated and unexpected ...

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