Tim Woodcock writes: When this pandemic is over – and the death
tolls have been tallied, the data crunched and the policies critiqued, and the
most incompetent politicians booted from office – only then we will be able to
clearly assess the psychological damage it has taken on people. One aspect of
this that has been on my mind recently is the way traditional rites of passages
have been disrupted.
We are already becoming used to births, deaths, and marriages
being marked in creative but perhaps not entirely satisfactory ways. While I
imagine a birth is much the same mix of chaos and joy for the parents as it
has always been, will extended families members be willing to forgo the
experience of cooing at a newborn and passing him or her from person to person?
And if they do skip that, will the bond created be any less deep? Concepts like
a “virtual funeral” – which was almost meaningless six months ago – are
starting to take form and become commonplace. But does a virtual funeral offer