Karen Austin

Karen Austin

Karen Austin is a student of grief and a lifelong learner in the experience of death and loss.

#30 Days of Mourning

When the US Coronavirus death toll reached 100,000 in late May, I was overcome with sadness. I wondered how high the numbers must be when we include the grieving loved ones of those who’ve died. And in a time when it’s dangerous to gather to memorialize them, I thought, how will they mourn? Who will support them?

And then I realized, I WILL. I can support them, with my words and my energy. And, even more importantly, WE can, if you join me.

So I’m joining national leaders who are designating June 1, 2020 as a day of mourning for those loved ones — those human moms and dads and sisters and brothers and cousins dead by COVID-19 who are faceless and nameless to most of us, but not to those who love them.

And then George Floyd was murdered, and we stood up to protest and our cities began to burn and shit got even more real and I thought, you know what? I’m grieving many things right now, and if I am, others are too. And I can support everyone who’s grieving right now, with my words and my energy. And even more importantly, WE can, if you join me.

If you know me, you know that it’s my vision to change the way we experience death, and grief and mourning, so I’m taking it upon myself to expand one day of mourning to 30 days of mourning.

Each day for the next 30 days, I’m going to grieve someONE and begin mourning them. And every day I’m going to grieve someTHING and begin the mourning of it.

I hope you’ll join me. Share this if you think someone else needs to see it.

Join the Facebook group here https://www.facebook.com/groups/1193662824309757/?source_id=116345849753247
or just tell me what your grieving and let’s mourn it together.


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