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The Feeling of Loss

Currently, the feeling of loss is prominent with the death of Queen Elizabeth. I was surprised upon hearing the news, how sad I felt at the loss of this grand lady who has been there all my life. Even though it was expected that she would pass away soon, it was a shock. The way the world re-acted to the news demonstrated how much they cared and shared their feelings of loss.


For me, it was the end of an amazing era where the Queen showed leadership, strength, loyalty, service, and dignity through many challenging times. I fear our politicians around the world do not share these qualities.

Loss is experienced by us all in life, it can be the loss of a loved one, the hardest loss of all. I have lost close friends and miss them every day.

However, loss can come in many forms.

The loss of a job can be devastating and have dire effect on a family or individual, not only financial, but the loss of self-esteem and confidence is distressing. Or, on the other hand it can be a positive thing, leading to other possibilities and a job with more fulfillment.

The loss of a favourite toy or security blanket belonging to your child…..oh how I remember the panic as we searched for that special, tatty blanket with a wailing child to comfort!

Th sad loss of a favourite pet. Our family mourned the loss of our beloved schnoodle Millie, when we lost her, aged three years with a tick, even though she was on prevention.

However, think about:

Loss of a temper?

Loss of hearing?

Loss of a voice, maybe with bronchitis. How frustrating is that feeling as you attempt to speak and barely a croak comes out. How we take our voice for granted!

What about loss of time? Do you feel, as I do, that the days and weeks are racing by at a frightening speed?

What about loss of data on a computer, which leads to loss of temper for me!

Loss of memory. This is a big one as it can simply be a temporary, blank moment, which happens more and more frequently with me nowadays. But the sadness and heartbreak of the dreadful disease, Alzheimer’s. This is a tragic loss for everyone involved.

Loss of money. Yes, this happens, and it happened to us, but life goes on and it’s not the end of the world.

Now I am concerned about the loss of a tooth! That sounds petty, but it is a front tooth and following a collision with a dog’s head, it feels a little loose! That means a loss of money if it must be treated!

Loss of appetite……I wish!

Loss of weight………I wish!

Loss has many meanings, some good and some bad.

Do you have any others to add?

I would be interested to know.

In the meantime, never lose your sense of humour!

Cheers for now.

Jenny Old AUTHOR

‘Innocent Nurses Abroad’

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