The rituals of ancient Greece – especially public performances of tragic plays – have remarkable resonance with the current moment.
While the world is dealing with the biggest health emergency in more than a century, the way people have reacted to the crisis is familiar and predictable.
The pandemic and political turmoil have left many people feeling anxious, angry and despairing. Being open to joy might bring some respite.
Families who lost their loved ones during the pandemic could not even properly grieve. Greek epics show why lamentation and memorial are so important and what we can learn in these times.
Millions of Muslims travel to Karbala in Iraq for one of the largest annual pilgrimages. The pilgrimage has adapted and changed over its centuries-old history.
Religious scholars and faith leaders reflect on the death rites cultures have developed to honor the deceased, comfort the living and share the burden of mourning.
Unlike those who died during the Vietnam War, those who perish during the current pandemic are unlikely to receive a national memorial. Perhaps they should.
Graveyards were important locations in Victorian life.
Virtual music vigils after the Nova Scotia shootings draw on a long tradition of Atlantic Canadian disaster songs and 'broadside ballads' to mourn in a time of social distancing.
During our current bout of collective trauma, many of our coping strategies have mimicked the ways Americans responded to the Kennedy assassination.
In the absence of broad Canadian validation of the bombing of Air India flight 182 as being worthy of public mourning, creative artists have tried to illuminate the ongoing grief of families.
When a patient dies, grieving family and friends too often languish in neglect.
Many in the Western world lack the explicit mourning rituals that help people deal with loss. On Day of the Dead, two scholars describe ancient mourning practices.
In August 1997, the death of Diana, Princess of Wales was followed by a huge outpouring of grief. Here's why.
From spontaneous mass singing after a terror attack to Irish laments, music reflects the painful, complex and laborious task of mourning.
Online memorial services mean more can mourn.
The boxer's death follows hard on the heels of David Bowie and Prince. The world is losing global icons and learning how to grieve using new and democratic tools.