A hard time to die: Grief and Coronavirus

[This piece was read aloud on RTE Radio 1’s Sunday Miscellany Programme on Sunday April 5th 2020. Listen here]

People say we do death well in Ireland.

When my husband’s father died suddenly five years ago, there was an exceptional outpouring of community support. His body was laid out in the family’s front room, friends brought casseroles, people drove from all over…