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I was forced to miss my gran s funeral, and I m struggling to deal with her death | James Greig

The coronavirus restrictions didn’t allow a collective act of mourning for all the family. The grief feels lonelySee all our coronavirus coverageCoronavirus – latest updatesFor the last few years, every time my mum called me out of the blue I would brace myself for the news that my gran had died. A few weeks ago, after misfiring so many times, that premonition was finally proved correct.Because the country was under lockdown, and I was hundreds of miles from where she lived in Melrose in the Scottish Borders, there was never any question that I would attend the funeral. Immediately, I seized upon this as being “the hardest part”. It seemed like the only aspect of someone dying at 97 years old that could be thought of as unfair or tragic. Continue reading...

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