This too, shall pass

A new report released today, on mourning collective loss in the time of Covid-19.

Covid-19 is the first true cataclysm most of us have ever seen. It’s a crisis with multiple layers. A pandemic that may ultimately lead to a final death toll in the millions. An economic catastrophe, with the “Great Lockdown” triggering by far the biggest crisis since the Great Depression. And a social and cultural shock with impacts that we are only just beginning to understand.

Most of all, though, Covid-19 is a crisis of the mind: one that has been called “the world's biggest psychological experiment”. The nature of the crisis goes right to the core of how we live as social beings - and also how we die.

I have co-authored a paper with Alex Evans and Casper tel Kuile on collective grief and mourning during covid-19. We argue that in conditions of such widespread loss as the ones we now face, it’s essential that we grieve well - and that this means doing so collectively, not just on our own. It sits well as an adjunct to my other work around climate grief. You can read the summary on Medium, or read the full report on the Collective Psychology Project website.