Our expert says:
You may find it useful to track down and read some of the books by an old friend of mine, now deceased, Prof. Viktor Frankl, whose special interest, having escaped the concentration camps, was the issue of Meaning in life. And he writes simply, not in the hifalutin style with which some authors try to hide the fact that they're not actually saying anything.
Isn't one of the traps, especially when we start out by having very little, that life seems to be about accumulating STUFF, and its only when you have a pile of it you might start asking "What's all this stuff FOR ?" I'm sorry to hear of the tragedy of losing your child. Isn't one of the meanings of that loss and your response to it, that one of the things you felt you were here for, was for others, for helping, growing, nurturing someone or someones else ?
And you raise the other aspect of that in your closing paragraphs --- isn't it about leaving good traces, some ways, however small in the grand scheme of things, in which the world is a slightly better place because you were here ?
COunselling can, if one can find a rare good counsellor, help one clarify such issues in the context of the details of our life. Accidents like mine, which remind one of how hugely all your plans and your entire way of life can be changed, so quickly, and by circumstances beyond your control, are sobering.
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