This recent Pearls Before Swine death cartoon eloquently illustrates how individuals all need different amounts of time to mourn – and they grieve in different ways.
The Guard Duck and Pig are putting together a basketball team. Guard Duck says, “Hey, Mr. Armadillo. Care to join our basketball team?” Mr. Armadillo replies, “I’d like to, but my wife just got run over by a truck and I’m afraid I need some time to mourn.”
There is one panel’s worth of silence.
“Okay, I’m good,” says Mr. Armadillo. “He is SO resilient,” marvels Pig.
Okay, so armadillos have a habit of getting run over on the road on a regular basis. Humans, whether they admit it or not, need a bit more time than a moment to process the loss of a loved one.
Don’t be a human armadillo. Take time to recognize that life is changed by loss.