The other day, I was speaking to a friend who’s mother-in-law had recently passed away, and Eric was telling me how difficult the loss had been for his wife and family.
Their story is a familiar one, and it has been told and retold over the past four months.  Families unable to be with loved ones during their last days or hours, unable to gather as a community to celebrate their lives and grieve their deaths.   Hugs missed and stories that may never be shared.
According to experts, the result of how the grieving process has been short-circuited during the COVID-19 crisis may well be a tsunami of grief.
Dr. Harvey Chochinov, a psychiatrist and director of the Manitoba Palliative Care Research Unit, recently said, “This is not a good time to die.” I’m not sure when it’s a good time to die, but apparently this isn’t it.”
Death is a reality of life, and grief is a part of the process. But what happens when we cannot grieve together?  Like many other things, how we grieve is clumped together under the banner of the new normal.
Now more than ever, as Christ Followers, we need to heed the word of God as it reminds us we should not grieve like people who have no hope.
Have a great week and remember: To see what is possible, you’ll have to attempt the impossible.

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