Dead Reckoning

  • To find yourself bothered by someone’s death more than you would have expected.

  • As if you assumed they would always be part of the landscape, like a lighthouse you could pass by for years until the night it suddenly goes dark, leaving you with one less landmark to navigate by, still able to find your bearings, but feeling all that much more adrift.

  • Coined in 2012 by John Koenig in The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows, a project, to create a compendium of invented words for every emotion we might all experience but don’t yet have a word for.

 

 

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