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    send our lives reeling

    Hello:

    “When a spouse passes away, the emotion and magnitude of the loss can send our lives reeling.

    From http://www.breggerassociates.com/tag/spouse/

    I think “reel” literally means someone hits you and you fall back. What does “send our lives reeling” mean here?
    I am a fleeting visitor on this fragile Earth.

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    Re: send our lives reeling

    It's not literal here; it's figurative. It means it's such a shocking experience.

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