Loss Is Never An Easy Thing Essay

1445 Words Feb 7th, 2016 null Page
Loss is never an easy thing to cope with, to recover from or to easily discuss. When a parent loses a child, it’s the kind of hurt that runs deep. A hurt that can never be forgotten because it has permeated the mind of that parent, family and community. For example, when my brother was 21, he lost his battle with sickle cell. This happened in Nigeria in the early 90’s where there was no adequate access to quality healthcare. It just so happened that he was away in college, at a rural area, at the time when he began to experience one of his episodes. With no easy access to phones, there was no way for his roommate to contact my parents on time. By the time he was rushed to the hospital, it was too late. The news of my brother’s death came as a complete shock to the family, but my mom, it seemed like it took a toll on her. She wouldn’t sleep, eat, drink or do anything other than cry for Eric. Neighbors came from near and afar, family members visited from all over to come sympathize with the family, but the fact still remained that Eric is no more. My mother suffered a violent stroke two days after my brother Eric’s demise, and we were all afraid that she would soon be next to go. “Life events research has clearly indicated that normal and/or positive changes can increase an individual’s risk for illness” (Price, Price, & McKenry, 2009, p. 7). Luckily enough, we had a very good doctor who referred us to a very good hospital that treated my mom. She eventually regained her…

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