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Family & friends should keep a close eye on each other if possible. Following such a trauma it is often case that people will shut themselves away and shun any social contact. Pick up telephone and call each other. Keeping in touch with someone who has lost a husband, wife or partner is very, very important.
They have been used to being with a particular person, often for decades, so try to imagine shock when that person is taken away from them; especially if it is sudden. Try to arrange some event (the theatre, a film etc) so that they will still feel part of 'family' and it will get them socialising again.
It is natural to be more attentive immediately after event but don't let it slip into long periods between contact in future.
They say 'Time Heals'. I say that 'Time makes it hurt less'.
At end of day death is part of life. We just need to learn to cope with it.
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