Grief & Suffering
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Families cope with grief in isolation

Family | Pandemic brings more deaths and fewer options for mourning
by Mary Jackson
Posted 11/06/20, 02:59 pm

Sandy Burress, 62, of Santa Rosa, Calif., died three days before the San Francisco Bay Area instituted the nation’s first shelter-in-place order on March 16. Eight months later, with the COVID-19 pandemic still raging, Sandy’s widow, Cyndi Howell-Burress, and the couple’s five adult children still have not held a memorial service.

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Back to normal?

Theology | A return to the way things were is a vain goal
by Andrée Seu Peterson
Posted 9/10/20, 11:57 am

"Return to normalcy” was Warren G. Har­ding’s 1920 presidential campaign slogan. And there was a lot to return to normalcy from. We had just been through not only World War I but also the flu pandemic of 1918, which infected a third of the earth’s population and caused 675,000 deaths in the United States.

The thing is that if normalcy means a return to the way we were before, that never happens, and never can happen. 

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Death on the streets and on the screen

Grief & Suffering | Murder and cancer deaths are real. So is resurrection
by Emily Belz
Posted 9/03/20, 04:09 pm

A New York moment: Late last week I was on a corner in East Flatbush, Brooklyn, where a man had just been shot and killed. Someone had washed the man’s trail of blood off the sidewalk. The family wept, while neighbors came by to light candles and offer condolences to the man’s mother. She sat stricken on a beat-up office chair on the sidewalk next to the candles. Police sat in a patrol car on the corner, keeping a distance.

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