On Tuesday night I had a phonecall from my mum to tell me that my cousin, tragically, had died overnight from Swine Flu. Obviously, I was very upset and still am. I was almost inconsolable on the evening of the news but gradually I have come to terms with what has happened. For the last few days I have been a recluse prefering to almost ritually study my Law for my degree than see my friends and play sport. As many people do when coping with loss of a loved one, I always wanted to keep my mind busy on other things rather than think about it. I believe the topic of loss and coping with the subsequent loss is one of the most powerful and emotional subjects to write about. I feel, and have felt, compelled now to write about my feelings and expressions and relate them to my character in my novel, who also is dealing with loss. At the moment I only have vague sketches in my imagination and several jotted ideas. Has anyone drawn from simialar experiences off loss into their writing? And if so, what did you find was the best way to achieve this? Cheers guys.