Today would have been my Dad’s 69th birthday. He died suddenly 3.5 years ago. He died youngish–at age 65.
As hard as his death was, I am SO grateful our family was able to have a proper send-off. It breaks my heart that so many people today are not able to have a funeral. And for those who are having a service having to deal with mandated conditions.
No hugs. Only a certain number of people. Face coverings.
I can’t imagine having lost my Dad suddenly and not being able to hug my family and friends. Or not see the expressions on their faces. Or not be able to see them at all.
Please keep an eye on anyone you know who has lost someone during all these restrictions. Many of them have been robbed of the ability to say a proper good-bye to their loved ones.
Don’t underestimate the need for grief rituals. When they are taken away from us, the grief process can be much tougher and longer. Look out for those who have lost someone–whether to Covid-19 or any of the other many causes of death.