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 …

Grieving in the Age of Covid-19

Sarah Ritchie Dealing with Loss

In her book Remembering Well: Rituals for Celebrating Life and Mourning Death, Sarah York says, “Death is the great equalizer, but not every death is equal.”  The nearly 60,000+ Americans who have died due to the Covid-19 outbreak—and the families who mourn them—have had a very difficult death experience.  Everything about this disease and the care for the bodies of …

Living Memorials

Sarah Ritchie Dealing with Loss

There is a breathtaking scene in the book and movie Tuesdays with Morrie, when a funeral, of sorts, is hosted at the home of the Professor, who is dying of ALS.  The wonderful work written by the sports columnist Mitch Albom about his favorite college teacher at Brandeis University, offers the dying professor a chance, one more time, to impart …

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Rainbow Babies after a Storm of Loss

Sarah Ritchie Dealing with Loss

For generations, miscarriages have been a source of hidden grief for couples and families. Sadly, miscarriage is a relatively common occurrence.  The New York City-based Seleni Institute estimates that one in four pregnancies is spontaneously aborted.  In addition, 1 in every 160 births is still born. Friends and loved ones continue to grapple with comforting words to say in these …