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Margaret
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Post by Margaret » Fri February 25th, 2011, 6:42 am

Their grief was all over the news for everyone to see. I sometimes think the media loves a tragedy too much.
I've had that feeling myself. On the other hand, maybe it's a useful corrective in a society that too often keeps grief hidden as an embarrassment. Widows are often told, a few weeks or months after a husband's death, that it's time for them to get over it. When we see grieving people from a cultural background that is ours or very similar to ours, it reminds us that grief is so very appropriate in some circumstances. And it exposes us to other people's grief so we may not feel quite as awkward if someone we know expresses grief in our presence. Our society can be very cold to grieving people.
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