Burt Reynolds passed away today—on the very date of this recording—preceded by the legendary Aretha Franklin and the renowned U.S. Senator John McCain.

Today, we explore the stark contrast between how grief unfolds in the public sphere by very public people and how personal grief unfolds in the social public square.

This idea might have begun with the closely-timed collective losses of Aretha Franklin, John McCain – and most recently Burt Reynolds. It was in the public sphere where we watched the influential pay their respects, while also airing their grievances.  Private citizens, however, appear to do their remembering and mourning in public – much differently.

Grief is not a politically minded space – is it? It’s just us. 

In this show, I refer to this great feed below: