So many people have been unable to hold or attend funerals and memorial services because of the pandemic. Are you one of them?
When we asked grieving people what they’re looking forward to doing one pandemic restrictions ease, the most common responses concerned finally being able to gather for memorials and other mourning rituals, and doing specific things that somehow celebrate, honor, or connect with the person they lost.
This piece by Katherine Cusumano in The New York Times is about the importance of funeral and mourning rituals, how some people adapted during the pandemic, and how others are exploring new ways to honor, celebrate, and mourn their lost loved ones:
“One of the big things that a memorial service does is it’s a collective acknowledgment,” said Megan Devine, a therapist specializing in grief and the author of the book “It’s OK That You’re Not OK.” “Acknowledgment really is one of the only medicines we have for grief.”
“There’s that belief, which is a myth, that you get closure and then you go back to life really quickly,” Ms. Devine said. “Memorials and funerals are not the end of the grieving process. They’re part of the beginning.”
Click this link to read the entire article.“There’s that belief, which is a myth, that you get closure and then you go back to life really quickly,” Ms. Devine said. “Memorials and funerals are not the end of the grieving process. They’re part of the beginning.” Click To Tweet
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