Why we mourn those we’ve never met
Over the weekend, we witnessed the passing of Chuck Berry, a Rock ‘n’ Roll pioneer (age 90); Jimmy Breslin, a distinguished columnist and journalist (age 88); and Bernie Wrightson, a notable comic book artist (age 68).
Their life details and accomplishments vary. But all three touched many. Social media was flooded with remembrances by fans.
A natural question is why so many can feel so intensely.
One answer is those involved touched many people. The passing of those who died this weekend somehow seems personal.
In a way, it is personal. Besides admiration for the accomplishments of the departed, there’s an additional layer of sadness. A piece of one’s own life has died. It is a reminder of one’s own mortality.
Baby Boomers likely are feeling this most of all. That generation is either in retirement age or approaching it. A weekend like this…
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