Our expert says:
Very few people are "good" at coping with death, except in the sense that there are more distant deaths they don't care at all about. In the situation you describe, it sounds as though you are reacting, not really to the illness of your friend's dad as a person in his own right, but to the idea that it could be you losing a parent, and that general fear of losing someone close and dear to you. And when you say you weep at a death in a TV show, this may either mean that you're just a nice but sensitive and tender-hearted person, or perhaps that you have some issues about loss and grief which you could fruitfully work through with the assistance of a good local counsellor
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