Did I really overreact to this man’s death?

Dear Amy: I don’t think I’ve ever seen this topic addressed. This could be an issue faced by a straight person or a gay man. (I happen to be gay.)

amy dickinson

My ex suddenly died a few years ago from a tear in one of his heart chambers. He was 53 years old.

After our split (due to infidelity on his part), we were able to put aside our bitterness towards each other and move on as friends. He also attended my wedding with my current husband.

When he died, I was devastated. The pain was intense.

People around me were acting like, “If you were just friends, why are you trying so hard?”

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