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Can spiritual solace be found in such tragic times?

Society reckons with life’s fragility

By Rachel Shabi   May 2020

We will suffer, mourn—and recover? Photo: PeakPx

A few years ago the late comedian Jeremy Hardy called me to apologise. Contemplating the loss of a parent, he concluded that he hadn’t been there for me, as a friend, after my father had died—because, until it happened to him, he hadn’t known how. I reminded him of our long conversations at the time—him, showing up. And we talked about how, sometimes, condolences have a pay-it-forward texture, taking on a different register once we’ve been through a bereavement. In early 2019,…

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