When we learn that someone has died ― especially at an earlier age than expected ― there’s often a flood of painful emotions and difficult questions. Chief among them: How did this happen?
Whether we knew the deceased well or they were a complete stranger, some of us have a tendency to fixate on finding out the cause of death, perhaps devoting hours to internet research as we desperately search for clues that might provide an reason. Others might reach out to express condolences to their loved ones … followed by the blunt question. Though the approach to finding answers can vary, the underlying impulse is not uncommon.