The book I’m reading — Dear Edward by Ann Napolitano — details the excruciating trauma of sudden, unexpected death. It’s the story of a young boy who is the sole survivor of a plane crash in which 191 passengers are killed, including his parents and brother. Edward survives, miraculously, which makes him a national curiosity. Understandably.

A freak accident, or tragedy on a massive scale, has a smacking impact, unsettling us, attacking our sense of safety and making us feel vulnerable and under threat.

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