Remembering those we lost in 2021

It may seem like an odd metric, indeed, but one way to mark the continuation of something like normal life is the return of the year-end In Memoriam list. That’s true COVID-19 kills more Americans in 2021 (405,000 in mid-December) compared to 2020 (385,000) and millions of people around the world. Neither tally does take into account the number of deaths from the opioid epidemic since 1999 killed more than 940,000 Americans. The death toll rises to 100,000 during the first year of the pandemic.

However, in terms of look and feel — kids back to school, churches reopening — life is sometimes familiar enough to once again see its end as something natural and natural. a certain distance, even consolation. Any obituary is an opportunity to look back and evaluate, not only someone’s life but also our memory of the time it has occupied. The metaphor is hidden in the passage of Bob Dole and George Schultz, were not considered moderates in the GOP in their day? Can we overcome the pain and find meaning in our death? those who have passed before their time? We can meditate on such things as death comes one by one. Remembering those we lost in 2021

Aila Slisco

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