Coronavirus has changed death and funerals — but new rituals can help us grieve

April 15, 2020 10:28 am

On a Sunday morning in late March, I got the call I’d been dreading.

It was my mum, clearly upset, calling to tell me my grandfather had finally succumbed to the cancer he’d been battling for some time.

I would have driven to my grandmother’s house immediately, were it not for the demands of social distancing. We would embrace, cry together, tell stories and inevitably have food thrust upon us that we were in no mood to eat.

Instead, I stayed home. So did my brothers and cousins. I didn’t even get to see my mother. We mourned with our smaller family units, our husbands and wives, our children. We are lucky none of us live alone and were forced to be completely isolated in our grief… READ MORE