Grief & Suffering

“Elvin’s death”

Grief & Suffering | Finding hope, even in grief
by Jamie Dean
Posted 1/14/21, 05:37 pm

Three weeks after WORLD featured civil rights leader John Perkins as our 2020 Daniel of the Year, I received an email from our 2019 pick: St. Louis native Michael Miller founded the Micah Project in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, and the Christian ministry has offered a stable home to street boys for 20 years. 

The subject line of Miller’s email stung: “Elvin’s death.”

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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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