Post-Tribune Reporter Jerry Davich recently wrote that “grief can be a lonely mourner.” It is an emotion that you feel whether or not you are by yourself. Even in the midst of a crowd it will remain a personal experience. It is a process that cannot be diverted.
Davich noted that as a reporter he’s attended numerous funerals, many for people he never met. In the line of duty, so to speak, he’s spoken with heart-broken mourners who have deeply touched him. He wrote:
“My most memorable interviews over the past 20 years are with mourners who were not only grieving the recent loss of a loved one, but who were also grappling with grief itself. Should they cry openly? Should they try to contain their emotions in front of a reporter? Should they bare their heart or protect it?”
He found that for each of these people, grief took its own course. Some were able to grieve deeply and still be able to share memories about their loved one. There were those who found solace in speaking out about a tragic death. Others chose to keep their feelings private.
How Grief motivated CNN’s Anderson Cooper
In this article, Davich referenced an interview he had with CNN host Anderson Cooper that touched upon loss. As a young boy, he lost his father and in later years lost his brother. Despite being raised in affluence he said that these losses changed the course of his life. In some ways, these experiences led him to cover war-torn regions of the world. There he heard others speak about grief and loss.
We think it’s true grief and loss are universal. It is one basic element we all share.
To read Davich’s complete article, click here.