"Gone" implies Lila went somewhere, like the word "departed." I'm a skeptic about religion, especially the afterlife, but death makes me believe in souls, because it's when I can feel their absence.
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We were celebrating her existence. And, in turn, we were celebrating our own. Dehydration and sore throats from weeping and singing acted as mortar, holding us together, while we weathered this storm.
At the end of the day, death cannot be fought, only accepted. Even suicide, which is the hardest.
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