Greg Garrett is the author of two dozen books, including Stories from the Edge: A Theology of Grief and the new A Long, Long Way: Hollywood’s Unfinished Journey from Racism to Reconciliation (Oxford).
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How Our Stories Accommodate Grief
During this time of COVID-19, people are dying alone, away from their families and from priests or pastors who might ease their passing. You could no more shoehorn a dozen people into a hospital room than you should cram them unmasked into any enclosed space these days. A pastor or chaplain might be forced to visit the room remotely, to FaceTime last rites, so to speak.