David Gelles is CNN’s executive producer of political and special events programming. The views expressed in this commentary are his own. View more opinion on CNN. (CNN)”This is so hard,” my 4-year old daughter said to me in tears.It was her third straight day of crying like this. “I want my friends and my toys,” she said. Just weeks after my mother died suddenly of a ruptured brain aneurysm, we were still quarantined inside my parents’ house, taking care of my father who is dying of brain cancer. Trapped inside the house my two kids once associated with being spoiled by their grandparents, the physical space was now haunting us — my father’s illness a constant reminder that another death was looming. When my mother was alive, she used to entertain the kids from the moment they walked into the house until the moment they left. She always had new toys, puzzles and stuffed animals waiting for them. And she would go shopping for all their favorite foods — mac and cheese, mangoes and ice cream — before each visit.In her absence, that joy my kids once felt has disappeared.And while I’ve struggled to create new positive memories of my


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