(RNS) — As we mark the death of 100,000 people in the U.S. from COVID-19, an unprecedented group of 100 national faith leaders looks to elected officials to observe Monday, June 1, as a National Day of Mourning and Lament.
NEW YORK (AP) — Two churches, one Catholic, one Lutheran, have lost more than 100 members to the coronavirus and because of lockdown rules lack the ability to mourn together in person.
(RNS) — We can learn from the prophet Nehemiah, who cried and mourned openly for the losses of conquered Jerusalem.
(RNS) — Like Original Man after the flood, we are surveying a devastated world and asking what life will look like on the other side.
(RNS) — Some are mourning losses in the highest echelons of their denomination. Others are counting the dead, sick and unemployed.
(RNS) — Acknowledging the losses we've suffered readies us to receive gratitude and joy when the time comes.
(RNS) — It’s hard to find solace in church when the hymns are mostly in major keys. In times of grieving, the Psalms can comfort us in the losses we all experience.
(RNS) — We chose to grieve together in that moment instead of holding things together for the sake of others’ comfort.
(RNS) — 'If someone found cancer to be a gift, wonderful. But there is a certain cruelty to asking suffering people to bear the weight of other people’s theological conundrums,' Christian historian Kate Bowler tells RNS' Jonathan Merritt. (Commentary)
Movies aren’t just entertainment; they’re memories of life and love. When I see a movie a second time I am always thinking about where I was and who I was with the first time. And Mom and I aren't making those memories anymore.
These episodes don’t happen very often anymore, more than a year and a half after losing Mom. But the grief is always there, gently submerged, biding its time.
Robin Williams is one who seized the day, who sucked the marrow out of life, who gifted the world with a barbaric yawp.
God had not seen fit to give me another baby, but he did bring me a dog, an introspective black mutt who’d been discarded at an animal shelter. I think I needed him just as much as he needed me.
There is a liturgy to grief, an entire calendar of solemn commemorations juxtaposed with joyful memories.
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