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Public mourning, private grief: how do we cope with loss?

Public mourning, private grief: how do we cope with loss?

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We are used to large, public outpouring of emotion when members of the royal family die, but the passing of the Queen is altogether different in magnitude. Some people find it incredibly distressing, others feel nothing at all. Do collective, public acts of mourning Рsuch as laying flowers and signing books of condolences Рhelp? Why does the death of somebody whom most of us have never even met have the capacity to cause such distress? How can we, individually and as a nation, process it Рespecially at a time that so many of us are still struggling with losses of all kinds following the pandemic? 

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Liz Moseley
Editor