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    Love after death

    I wonder if David’s refusal to let go of Gillian [his deceased wife in the 1996 film, To Gillian on Her 37th Birthday] might be sanity as opposed to insanity. The paradox is that we’re raised with the idea that true love is rare. We teach our teenagers to abstain from physical love until they find the partner who matches them emotionally. We send all these messages that love should be a union of souls and intellect. And on the other hand, when there’s a death, we say: “Get over it. Move on. There are plenty of fish in the sea.” It doesn’t add up.
    If true love is everything it’s cracked up to be, then maybe you should hang on to it even if your spouse or partner isn’t physically present. My grandfather died in 1978. My grandmother was in love with him then as she is today at 96 or 97. He’s still very much part of her life. You could say, “Gee, that’s a long time to keep someone alive.” On the other hand, the rest of us should be so lucky.
         David E. Kelly, writer and producer of the film “To Gillian on Her 37th Birthday.” New York Times, October 13, 1996.

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