America Wasn’t Ready for My Grief

July 1, 2019

(Yahoo!) – I wasn’t ready to join any grieving communities, but I quickly learned that America wasn’t ready for me. Our country has a low tolerance for death and treats the passing of life as a subject of taboo. We have been hiding and putting death away for a long time in our country. Regardless of our efforts, death still comes a knocking. It wasn’t always this way. Our culture’s earlier custom for handling our deceased loved ones would happen at home where families were exposed to death on a first-hand basis. Today, most Americans will die in a hospital where death holds a different stigma, one that can resemble failure.

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