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Mourning sickness: our conspiracy of silence over grief

Why are we so scared of other people’s grief?

17 April 2021

9:00 AM

17 April 2021

9:00 AM

No one can say that, over the course of the past year, we have not had the opportunity as a country to practise the grim arts of grief and mourning. We all know the figures — 127,000 Covid deaths and counting — but I wonder if, in the face of this onslaught, we have lost sight of the vital fact that behind each loss there will be a group of family members and close friends of the deceased setting out on the long, slow trudge down the boggy path of grief.

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