Thanks to Prof. Roy Rhodes for this link to a WBUR (Boston) broadcast on The Dinner Party, a movement that brings folks in their twenties and thirties together, over dinner, to discuss their experiences of loss, death, and grief.
The Dinner Party (here’s the Facebook page) aims “To transform life after loss from an isolating experience into one marked by community support, candid conversation, and forward movement.” Reports indicate that young adults are finding the experience extremely helpful. The deaths of loved ones, and the emotional impact those deaths have had, are not subjects they can easily bring up elsewhere.
Seniors: if you know a young adult who has experienced loss, you might mention The Dinner Party to them. Meanwhile, maybe we should be thinking about having dinner parties of our own. Most of us aren’t that good at discussing grief either.