Rethinking bereavement

Friday, May 22, 2020 - 4:20pm


British novelist Helen Simonson has been coming to terms with the death of her father, Alan Phillips, in rural France. Because Phillips had contracted COVID-19, Simonson’s mother wasn't allowed to go with him to the hospital, or take his remains to a crematory. Mourners, including Phillips’ children, weren’t permitted at the cemetery. Simonson says the lack of a traditional bereavement has actually made mourning easier.