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aaaaaaaa[123]– v. to draw strength or comfort from the memory of someone who has died by wearing the deceased’s clothing:

The  aaaaaaa[49] realized that he wore the same sized shoes as his son when he picked up his son’s belongings from the school. While he could not aaaaaaaa[123] the shoes his son was wearing when he was killed because they were aaaaaaaaa[86]ed, he began to select other shoes from his son to aaaaaaaa[123] on aaaaaaaaaaa[114]s, to meet with families of other school shooting victims, and to advocate for laws to prevent similar tragedies.


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aaaaaaaaaaa[114] – n. (usually plural) holiday, anniversary, or other annual event that becomes unbearably painful because of someone’s death:

The widow told her that early June was overloaded with aaaaaaaaaaa[114]s, the anniversary of her husband’s death, their wedding anniversary, and Father’s day. 


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aaaaaa[61] – v. to die en route to someone else’s funeral

The aaaaaaaa[49]grief was compounded by the additional loss of three elderly relatives from out of state who aaaaa[61]ed on the way to their child’s funeral.


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aaaaaaaaa[38] – n. bearer of sad tidings:

Being the aaaaaaaaa[38] was complicated by the the search for all of their parents’ friends’ phone numbers. Since both their parents’ phones and computers were in the mangled remains of their car and were currently considered evidence, the aaaaaaaaa[74]s resorted to googling names and last known addresses. As awful as it was each time they had to inform someone that their dear friend was dead, it was worse when the person on the other end had to explain that they had called the wrong number.


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aaaaaaa [59] – v. to mourn for someone/something (often a celebrity) that you never knew personally but you feel connected to somehow:

In the years after the attack on the playground, whenever she read about another mass shooting, she aaaaaaa[59]ed all the victims.


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aaaaaaaa[130] – n. your last goodbye either in person, on the phone, via email or any other form of communication to someone before one of you dies:

She had planned to say her aaaaaaaa[130] to her grandfather in a letter but his cancer moved faster than the US postal service. 


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aaaaaaa [115] – v. repeatedly and ineffectively explaining that someone has died to a person who does not have the cognitive capacity to comprehend the meaning of death:

The aaaaaaaaa[74] dreaded the weekly task of aaaaaaa [115]ing to his toddler. He longed for the day that his son would finally understand that his Mimi could never take him out for ice cream again.


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aaaaaaaa [91]  – 1. n. door that no longer opens into the world of a loved one;

aaaaaaaa [91]  – 2. n. family member or friend who has lost the ability to recognize you:

The first time he visited his beloved grandmother in the early evening he was shocked to discover that sundowning had transformed her into aaaaaaaa [91]. He had stopped by earlier in the day and she beamed as she opened the door and saw his face. How had her dementia morphed his physical being into a aaaaaaaaaa[157]  in the waning light?


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aaaaaaaaaaaa[200]– n. competitive mourner:

While it can be useful to think of mourning as marathon, it should go without saying that no one wins any laurel crowns or blue ribbons for grieving. Though it can be challenging to be around a aaaaaaaaaaaa[200] who wants to tell you how quickly she returned to work or how many years of therapy it took him to recover, it helps to remember that they are often just looking for validation.


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aaaaaaa[25] – v. to nurture a person, plant, animal, or relationship out of devotion to someone who has died:

The  aaaaaaaaa [74] had hoped to aaaaaa [25] her parents’  eclectic collection of orchids for many years. Despite her efforts though, the temperamental plants all withered within  a few months.