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When Grief is Never Quite Done: Community and the Needs of Others

Grief isn’t a linear progression – it’s a wibbly-wobbly timey-wimey corkscrew of better days and bad days and days when you manage to be genuinely, truly happy. And I am, for the most part, very happy. I live in my favorite city and I’m doing a degree here. I have wonderful, caring friends who have already become my “squad” after just a month. I never want for people to reach out to – it’s the actual act of reaching out that’s hard.

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The Reality of a Grieving World

But part of the beauty of this human project that we are at once the same and completely different. Everyone goes through these same experiences, but they’re all different at different times and we all handle them differently. I know quite a few people who have lost parents, and we can commiserate with each other. But we also recognize that our experiences and our relationships are so different that we can’t fully grasp or understand each other.

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Carrie and Lowell and the Power of Experiencing Grief in Community

In grief, I’ve rediscovered the importance of community. When Carrie and Lowell became available for streaming last week, ahead of tomorrow’s release, I discovered a wave of people at different points in the grieving process, coming together to commiserate over this piece of art that instantly became something more than just a few guitars and Sufjan’s voice.

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