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We’re still grieving the economy we’ve lost, whether we realize it or not


An aerial view of “In America: Remember,” a public art installation commemorating Americans who died of COVID-19. Many grief counselors and clinicians have been overwhelmed trying to address grief at this scale. As the country nears a third year of the COVID-19 pandemic, the loss, stress and uncertainty caused by the virus have taken its toll on many Americans. And while some people are getting the aid they need, not everybody is able to articulate that they’re not OK.

“I think we’ve made some progress,” psychotherapist Megan Devine said. “But I certainly don’t think we’ve turned the ship around quite yet.”

Devine is the author of “It’s OK That You’re Not OK: Meeting Grief and Loss in a Culture That Doesn’t Understand,” and is the host of “Here After With Megan Devine,” a podcast looking at the experience of mental health professionals.

Last December, Devine spoke with “Marketplace” host Kimberly Adams about the way grief was manifesting in the economy. “Marketplace” checked in with Devine again to see how that manifestation has changed after another year. The following is an edited transcript of their conversation.

Kimberly Adams: When we spoke a year ago, you said that we, as a country, were getting […]

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