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Sarah Ritchie Dealing with Loss, Public Memorial Leave a Comment

One of the most compelling portions of the inaugural festivities was, without a doubt, on January 19.  On the eve of the inauguration, the President and Vice President-elect and their spouses gathered to remember the more than 400,000 Americans who’ve lost their lives to Covid-19.  The simple, but impactful, ceremony took place at the reflecting pool in front of the …

The Emergence of Death Cafes

Sarah Ritchie Dealing with Loss

A couple of months ago, I was interviewed for a podcast.  The discussion was mostly about my work as a wedding Celebrant.  One of the interviewers ultimately guided the conversation to the issues of dying, death and funerals.  She contended that our culture has been—and remains—ill-equipped to deal with end of life matters.  While I think that is generally true, …

Say Their Names

Sarah Ritchie Dealing with Loss, Public Memorial

Yesterday, as I took a long walk around Battery Park, in the far Southern part of Manhattan, I came upon a monument that I’d previously not noticed.  Looking out towards the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, one is enveloped by a large eagle commemorating Americans who died in the Second World War.  To each side of the statue are …