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Grief is not an easy path, but it doesn’t have to be walked alone

By Andrew Caddell      

No parent should have to bury a child, but it’s not an uncommon tragedy. The subject of death is not one that should be avoided, or hidden in the shadows.

Losing son James, left, pictured with sister Emily, before shipping out to Bosnia in March 1995, was a difficult time, writes Andrew Caddell, right, and required more than a year before healing began. Photograph courtesy of Andrew Caddell

OTTAWA—When I was a teenager, my 80-year-old grandfather told me “the hardest part about growing old is burying your friends.” The most striking loss he faced was the death of a friend who had been an Olympic gold medal winner, whom he thought would outlive him.

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