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Stateside: Virtual bedtime stories; pandemic poems; grieving without a funeral

people stand around a coffin
Rhodi Lopez
The physical distancing rules we are all living with right now also apply to funerals. So, how do we grieve and honor the dead when we can't be there for their final send-off?

Today on Stateside, we talk to a Detroit elementary school teacher who has been getting online every night for story time with her students. Plus, a funeral director tells us what’s changed and what hasn’t about the work of helping with life’s final transition during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Listen to the full show above or find individual segments below.

As students and teachers struggle to stay connected, one teacher in Detroit gets online everynight for storytime

Stateside’s conversation with Voncile Campbell

  • Voncile Campbell is a elementary school master math teacher in Detroit Public Schools Community District.

Poetry for the pandemic: Leelanau County Poet on isolation and community

Stateside’s conversation with Anne-Marie Oomen

  • Anne-Marie Oomen is a poet and teaches creative writing at Interlochen College of Creative Arts.
  • This segment was originally broadcast on April 9, 2020.

Kelly Fordon has the answer: a new story collection from metro Detroit writer

Stateside’s conversation with Kelly Fordon

  • Keith Taylor is a book critic for Michigan Radio. He reviewed I Have the Answer by Kelly Fordon.
  • This segment was originally broadcast on April 9, 2020.

Grief without funerals: COVID-19 is changing how we say goodbye

Stateside’s conversation with Thomas Lynch

  • Thomas Lynch is a poet, funeral director, and president at Lynch & Sons Funeral Directors.

High school students share how they’re coping in quarantine

An audio postcard produced by Michigan Radio's Rachel Ishikawa

  • Michigan Radio's Rachel Ishikawa produced this audio postcard with voicemails from students at Community High School in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
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