Part 2: Ritual and Grief in the Time of COVID-19

Posted on 05/11/2020

The work of grief is difficult enough without the strictures of social distancing. The normal actions that loved ones and neighbors might take to comfort someone in mourning feel suddenly off the table – will anyone be able to bring a casserole? Will there be flowers delivered? Will anyone be able to hug me? Can there be a service? Will we have calling hours? Sit shiva? Be allowed to wash the body of our loved one? The rituals of our respective cultures are deeply influenced by social distancing and it can feel like everything has been taken away at once.

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