August 4th, 2015• 0 Comments
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Chassidic teaching differentiates between two types of sorrow: merirus, a constructive grief, and atzvus, a destructive grief. The first is active, the second—passive. The first one weeps, the second’s eyes are dry and blank.
Americans have been coping with loss and grief for some time now during the coronavirus pandemic. The pandemic has cut American life expectancy the largest amount in 40 years and made infectious disease the leading cause of death for the first time in a century. Families who have lost loved ones have had to postpone memorial gatherings, leaving many to cope with their losses in isolation.
Grief is a necessary catharsis for the release and relief of the pain resulting from the death of a loved one. But how does one grieve in a healthy way?