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Old 07-12-2019, 03:55 PM
Location: Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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Celebrities most certainly are a personal loss.

JFK, Princess Di, MLK Jr., Robin Williams, Anthony Bourdain.

The list goes on.
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Old 07-12-2019, 05:36 PM
Location: Oklahoma City, OK
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I've experienced a lot of loss just in the past 6 months! My Mother died Christmas Eve, her husband a month later, and my mother's best friend (like a grandmother to me) a few weeks ago. It sucks when both parents are gone and all immediate family except a brother. I've lost all uncles, grandparents, and aunts, and I'm not much older than you. Granted, most didn't take care of themselves, but still. When you realize you'll likely be the next to go in your family, its scary.
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Old Yesterday, 10:20 AM
Location: colorado springs, CO
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Originally Posted by Adriank7 View Post
Iím 44. My first experience with someone young dying was at 27 (she was 26) of a heart condition. In the last 7 years Iíve had about 6 people I know pass away before 70. 2 where in there 40ís. One from cancer at 42 and another a stroke at 46. And I recently found a pic of me with both of them from the 90ís. Also almost all the celebs Iíve been fans of since I was a child have passed away young or somewhat young (John Ritter, Corey Haim, Heath Ledger, David Cassidy to name a few). Itís makes me feel very upset. Especially when I find pics with or of these people.
I'm not sure about if those losses translate into profound grief but who am I to judge? Losing my daughter in 1994 & my mother in 2017 are examples of profound grief for me.

My daughter's death specifically triggered years of PTSD. I do not grieve well. To me; grief is terrifying.

What IS concerning to me, is how the trends in death, dying & illness have changed. Despite what the CDC says; this cannot possibly all be attributed to addictions & mental illness. Some, yes but those rates have been high for decades (as have accidental deaths).

It used to be that once you achieved outgrowing the risk of infant mortality, that you were set (save an outbreak or war/civil unrest) for old age. Mortality from occupational hazards did increase during the onset of railroads & mining operations but recently, here in a first-world country; life expectancy for the first time is lowering. That has nothing to do with 'the media' either, though many will say that. 'The media' will not impact statistics.

That is an anomaly & it is concerning.
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Old Today, 07:56 AM
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This life is about living, not dying. My perspective had to change.
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