Grieving During the Coronavirus Pandemic Shouldn’t Be a Privilege
MINNEAPOLIS — My friend Moe was back at work a week after her husband, Andrew, hanged himself by the Mississippi River, just a few miles from their home in northeast Minneapolis.
She hadn’t slept or eaten in seven days, but she still showed up and did what she always did, curling and straightening and cutting her clients’ hair while they did what they always did, dumping their emotional baggage on her.
There are two typical reactions to that story. “Oh,” people shiver, “how could she?” and “Oh,” people nod, “of course.” Because while grief is a universal experience, being able to grieve in America remains a privilege. Andy died on Sept. 2. The mortgage was due by the 15th. If Moe didn’t cut hair, Moe wouldn’t get paid. For …continued .
[Source: New York Times]