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Funeral rites, death rituals during COVID-19: Making it through grief

One 12 months in the past this week, my husband, Stan Cohen, died of COVID-19. Shedding a partner is without doubt one of the most upsetting occasions to befall a human being. Over the course of those 12 months, I’ve grieved and healed — as would have been the case for any widow, at any second in time. Nonetheless, the previous 12 months has not been your typical “second in time.” At my one-year widowhood “anniversary” I’m wanting again, to guage how my expertise was formed by the pandemic. 

To paraphrase one in all my synagogue’s rabbis, on this 12 months of a lot loss of life, even the rituals of loss of life had been disrupted. My journey started in a chilly spring rain; six members of the family stood in a cemetery, every six toes aside, as my husband was laid to relaxation. Different members of the family, associates, and colleagues watched on Zoom. 

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Written by virajthari

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