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y Victor Parachin “The first twelve months after Mary died were the most difficult, frustrating and frightening days of my life,” recalls David. His wife died at 47 after a courageous battle with cancer. “I had to adjust to being a widower, a single parent, and learn to manage many confusing and conflicting situations during that first year.” David’s experience is a common one for most people who have a death in the family. The death of a loved one signals changes—large and small in the lives of survivors. A loss to death heightens feelings of loneliness, vulnerability and anxiety. The first twelve months following such a loss are extremely chaotic. “In grief nothing ‘stays put.’ One keeps on emerging from a phase, but it always reoccurs. Round and round. Everything repeats. Am I going in circles, or dare I hope I am on a