On November 16, more than 166,000 people in the United States were diagnosed with COVID-19. In Europe, where the number of cases had fallen during the summer, the disease is again spiking. Everywhere hospitals are overfilled and medical care workers are exhausted. Worldwide, more than 1.3 million people have died.
Who among us hasn’t lost something to this disease—a beloved parent, a high school prom, a job opportunity, a dream, a plan, a new love.
Individually, we cope the best we can, by holding meetings and classes on Zoom, wearing masks, and keeping our distance. We also do it by sacrificing yet another thing we love, like visits with family, working together, going to a movie.
Something else is called for. We need to come together around the grief that is tearing us apart. We need to acknowledge what we have lost, and we need to do it not silently and privately but in the company of others who have COVID stories and COVID sorrows of their own.
We invite you to join RadJoy’s Global Day of Mourning on January 10, 2021, the one-year anniversary of first recorded death from the disease that came to be known as COVID.
This is a day for coming together, online or safely distanced, with family or friends, sharing stories of what you have lost and recognizing the gifts of this time. For suggestions on how to participate, see our website.
RadJoy will be available throughout the day to support your Day of Mourning in whatever way you wish. We’ll launch the day with a webinar featuring noted speakers. Later, we’ll offer online, facilitated storytelling circles, and a traditional Iroquois Condolence Ceremony. Finally, we invite you to a DJ’d dance event to move “together” from sorrow to joy.
Please join us. It is time to mourn together and to find the light that, though it cannot make the darkness disappear, can pierce darkness with joy and meaning.

Trebbe Johnson
Trebbe JohnsonFounder
Trebbe is the author of The World Is a Waiting Lover and 101 Ways to Make Guerrilla Beauty. Her new book, Radical Joy for Hard Times: Finding Meaning and Making Beauty, will be published in Fall 2018 by North Atlantic Books. Her articles about people’s emotional and spiritual relationship with nature have appeared in Orion, Sierra, Ecopsychology, The Ecologist, The Nation, Harper’s and other magazines. She lives with her husband, Andrew Gardner, in rural northeastern Pennsylvania, a region currently under exploitation by natural gas companies.

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