Heart­break­ing end to dev­as­tat­ing story leaves reader bro­ken

The China Post - - TV & COMICS -

DEAR AN­NIE: Re­cently, I in­sisted a dear friend move into my home so I could help him af­ter he was di­ag­nosed with a brain tu­mor. Af­ter a lengthy surgery, doc­tors man­aged to re­move it. Two weeks later, I took him to a rus­tic cabin re­treat so he could rest.

The morn­ing we were to leave for home, I woke up and went to open the front door, but it was blocked. Ap­par­ently, my friend had gone out ear­lier, tripped and hit his head, and had died in front of the door.

Since then, I haven’t been able to eat or sleep. I don’t know where to turn and am about to have a break­down. I can’t af­ford ther­apy. Do you have any ad­vice?

— Dev­as­tated in Ohio

Dear Ohio: We are so sorry for your heart­break­ing loss. You thought your friend would be OK and weren’t pre­pared for his sud­den death. Please know that you are not at all re­spon­si­ble for what hap­pened. It may even be that the treat­ment of his tu­mor af­fected his bal­ance or vis­ual fo­cus, con­tribut­ing to his trip­ping and fall­ing.

Coun­sel­ing will help you come to terms with this, and it doesn’t need to be costly. Check at the hos­pi­tal where your friend was treated and ask whether they of­fer grief coun­sel­ing. You also can dis­cuss this with your cler­gyper­son.

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