By Heather Varner

Heather Varner has written for xojane.com and time.com about grief. 

At the age of 23, I lost my mom to a tragic motorcycle accident.

Losing her was unforeseen, unpredictable, and the pure definition of ‘earth-shattering.’ My life didn’t change because of her death – it stopped. Now, four years later, I look back and see my life not as one continuous narrative, but a two-parted tale, that in many ways is disconnected. There was Life Before, and Life After.

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