Royalist or Republican aside, the death of Prince Phillip – a life partner for longer than many lives, has thrown into stark view the pain of losing a loved one. This article explores the catastrophic impact of losing a life partner, likening the impact to PTSD.  “…[T]he shock and trauma when one dies is brutal. It’s one thing to expect or anticipate such loss with your head, and another thing to feel it with your heart….When two people have shared a life together, it’s not just the loss of the individual but also the loss of the pattern of their shared life, the daily rituals, sometimes their social circle.”If you or a loved one is suffering, please seek help from a professional counsellor: Phone 13 HEALTH (13 43 25 84)