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Understanding Grief in a Time of National Mourning

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Two kids by the grave. There are a lot of grave candles in a row and one of the kids is holding a leaf on the top of the candle. There are some flowers in the background.
Two kids by the grave. There are a lot of grave candles in a row and one of the kids is holding a leaf on the top of the candle. There are some flowers in the background. (ti-ja via Getty Images)

More than one million Americans have died from COVID-19. Close to 8,000 Americans have died from gun violence in 2022. Another nine thousand died of suicide.  The difficult news of our time goes far beyond death. The planet is in crisis, tornados, floods and fires are ravishing whole towns, economic instability, racial injustice, and the rolling back of rights we’ve counted on for 50 years. It’s a lot. On this Memorial Day, we take time to make space for our individual and collective grief.

Guests:

Pauline Boss, family therapist and author, "The Myth of Closure: Ambiguous Loss in a Time of Pandemic and Change"; professor emeritus, the University of Minnesota

Monica Wesolowska, author, "Holding Silvan: A Brief Life"; instructor, UC Berkeley Extension

James Cagney, poet, "Martian"

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