From your personal experience, what would be the most tragic event that has happened to you? How did you in turn handled it and what impact did it have on you at the time? Please explain in as...

From your personal experience, what would be the most tragic event that has happened to you?

How did you in turn handled it and what impact did it have on you at the time? Please explain in as much detail you can. Thank you very much!

 

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bullgatortail eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Sadly, I have had to deal with death in the family at an earlier age than most people. My mother died of breast cancer when I was in the ninth grade, and my younger brother was killed in a motorcycle accident at the age of 28. My mother's death helped me to mature more quickly since I was forced to independently accept more responsibilities and situations where, previously, I would have been able to seek guidance from her. It was a trying time as a young teenager, but I also had to set an example for my brother who (being younger) was suffering even more greatly. The later loss of my brother (and close friend) robbed me of yet another part of my soul that could never be replaced. Aside from my own personal loss, I grieved that he was never going to marry and raise a family and live the life that he had planned for himself. Both deaths have hardened me somewhat, and I feel I have lost a bit of the sympathetic nature I would otherwise have. I think of both of them daily--nearly 40 years after my mother's death and 25 years after the loss of my brother.