The Vancouver Sun
June 4, 2011
“It should bring closure to the family.”
That cliché is often trotted out by television reporters; the ones trying to neatly wrap up a story about the agony of those grieving the death of a loved one, whether by catastrophe or homicide.
The desire for “closure” erupts out of journalists’ need to tie together their tragic story with a thematic bow. However, the expressed yearning to solve the messy pain of loss appears also to be a cultural habit, especially in North America.
Many of us are ill at ease with death, grieving, mourning and sorrow. We often don’t know what to do when people we care about are struggling openly with death and other losses, whether of jobs, homes or relationships. West Coasters are not like Middle Eastern women who wail when a family member is shot.
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Thanks go to The Good Funeral Guide for altering us to this article.