“Nothing is so painful to the human mind as a great and sudden change.” – Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
This quote resonates with me, and I can tell, without doubt, that the same has happened with the portion of readers of this book that have lost a beloved one. The life filled (seems even suffocating at times) with the absence of their being is extremely painful, which will always remain as such regardless of the measures the survivor or his/her friends take to alleviate the grief. The amount of happiness and tranquility once enjoyed with the lost beloved will neither be returned nor available again for the mourner. However, it is entirely dependent on the mindset of the survivor to either continue leading his or her life with their lost one’s memories acting as a means of survival or to drown in those memories. Not only is it dependent upon the survivor but also those who surround him or her. Being surrounded by a pleasant society certainly helps in reducing, if not entirely eradicating, the grief. This revelation regarding spending one’s time surrounded by family and friends after the loss of a beloved person comes not from experience, but lack thereof.