A president grieves, a musician sings and all of us mourn collectively

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There have been a whole lot of tears in Lewiston and throughout Maine over these previous two weeks. How might there not be?

There additionally has been laughter. Super, joyous, resilient laughter. This might sound counterintuitive or mismatched at a second of such nice tragedy, however it’s really a  pretty frequent response.

The presence of laughter doesn’t imply an absence of grief. Fairly the other. Eighteen folks who put pleasure into this world had been unfairly taken from it. A part of the continued effort to grieve and honor them, certainly, consists of remembering and striving to recreate that pleasure. The laughter and the tears go hand in hand.