It’s no secret that the coronavirus is causing people to postpone or cancel major life events — from graduations to weddings and funerals.

What does it look like to mourn during the coronavirus? Lakewood neighbor Daniel Kanter, senior minister at First Unitarian Church of Dallas, wrote a column in the Dallas Morning News about the death of his father from cancer during the outbreak.

He wrote:

Just when I need the church I serve and the love of real human contact, I only have Facebook and texts. Surprisingly, those are comforting.

To remember his life and grieve his death in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic means that we will have to be satisfied with the gentle arms of embrace of those already in our households and the digital messages of love we receive from those who can’t travel and can’t stop in.

And we will have to hold out hope that when the virus runs its course, we will be able to travel this summer so we can take my dad’s ashes and spread them around the apple tree he loves so much on his property in Massachusetts. We will have to be comforted now by the hope that we can gather our friends and family to grieve together in a time of health and wholeness once the coronavirus moves out of our lives.

Read the full column here.


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