Grief is complicated. Unfortunately, many of our people know it all too well because systemic racism continues claiming the lives of our loved ones.
But there is something unique about how we grieve.
Food is a necessary part of our mourning, a rite of passage. Funerals are emotionally taxing, and our funeral foods, from turkeys and hams to cakes and pies, wrap us in community care during a time when it’s most needed.
Enslaved folks often hosted elaborately planned funerals and repasts, a continuation of West African tradition.
Our traditions are sacred. Let’s continue holding up each other in our everyday lives as we do when we say goodbye to loved ones.