Your observations, Chris, is why I went in another direction: A more personal story in which a character is trying to avoid grieving by removing from his/her personal experience of someone they love actually dying. It’s kind of like the Schroedinger’s Cat thing where if you simply refuse to open the box, the cat may or may not be dead, but you don’t know and that ignorance is a way of keeping the cat ‘alive’. Not sure there’s a ‘there’ there, but it’s an interesting kernel of a story idea.

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