There are all sorts of losses people suffer-from the small to the large. You can lose your keys, your glasses, your virginity. You can lose your head, you can lose your heart, you can lose your mind. You can relinquish your home to move into assisted living, or have a child move overseas, or see a spouse vanish into dementia. Loss is more than just death, and grief is the gray shape-shifter of emotion.

If it’s us”, she whispered, “how come you get to decide?”

When he didn’t answer – couldn’t answer – she turned and stared out the front window. As it turned out, they were still in the parking lot.

They hadn’t gotten anywhere at all.

Witness testimony is always flawed. It’s better than circumstantial evidence, sure, but people aren’t camcorders; they don’t record every action and reaction, and the very act of remembering involves chosing words, actions and images. In other words, any witness who was supposed to be giving a court facts is really just giving them a version of fiction.

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