October 27, 2019

Why do we seem to overlook the fact that losing a best friend can be just as heartbreaking as losing a romantic partner?

Mhairi Holmes, 22

Distance between two people is something that can look quite different depending on what form it takes, be it physical distance or emotional distance. It can also look quite different depending on the relationship between the people. While growing up I could name plenty of examples of two people in a romantic relationship drifting apart and the relationship ending, I found myself struggling to find a form of media that captured what I was going through – the loss of a best friend. Somehow, it seemed as if the rest of the world couldn’t see just how much heartbreak can come from that form of loss, and I wondered if I was the only one feeling the absence so deeply. Was I overreacting or simply feeling something that others did, but just didn’t talk about? In an attempt to process the loss, I wrote this poem, hoping that it would shed some light on the very real heartbreak of losing someone who was once so close to you.

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