I am so sorry for the loss of your nephew...it is never easy to lose someone you love and it seems to hurt so much more when the person is young.
I wanted to share with you my story from this past year. Nearly one year ago, my father was diagnosed with stage IV pancreatic cancer (this is one you do NOT want to get). I had just started what was considered the "hardest" course of my ADN program and this diagnosis last September knocked the wind out of me. I knew that this cancer was essentially a death sentence (a positive attitude helps, but it alone will not save someone). Since I lived at home with both parents, I had the opportunity to spend time with and care for him for many months, which was a blessing.
My father died this past March, exactly 50 days before my pinning ceremony. I was there to hold his hand and tell him I loved him and I would NOT quit nursing school no matter what.
That being said, your loss was so sudden....and I don't wish to compare experiences because loss and grieving is so individual. Being in the program this past year probably saved me from having a breakdown of sorts. ASK for HELP if you need it, both from nursing school friends and instructor. They are the ones who are going to be your family away from home and there's no better group of caring individuals than those in a nursing program :) But if you do feel as if you need time off to grieve now, there's no shame in doing so.
(((hugs))) My story ended decently. I graduated with honors in May and passed the NCLEX June 18th. I took the summer off to decompress and will hopefully start job-hunting soon.
Please message me if you need anything...