‘So many of our small daily experiences are now gone, or are utterly changed.’

Come to grief: Alison Leonard suggests we all need to come to terms with what we’ve lost

‘We’ll weep at our losses. Then we’ll hold hands.’ | Photo: Image by Visuals on Unsplash

I want to talk about grief, and about the many losses that the coronavirus has brought us. We hardly talk about these, though they are almost everywhere we look, and underlie nearly every action we take. In my part of the country lockdown has recently been re-introduced, so the losses here are more obvious right now. But I don’t think there is anywhere in the world, since March, that hasn’t experienced immense grief. For some, the loss has come with the tragedy of death and bereavement. But all of us are suffering the unprecedented loss of our way of life – our way of being.

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