How to Survive Two Lost Friendships

Last week I lost to back-to-back friendships. The two friendships I had were long and enduring, yet they both ended during the same week. I cherished deeply both friendships. One ended as a result of death of my best friend. The second friendship ended because an old personality conflict that resurfaced -- and this time, I decided that enough was enough.
My first friend (the one that died) and I had major conflicts over the years. Yet we still remain friends (even though he was much older than I was). He made me laugh...