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What Kobe Bryant’s Death Reveals About Collective Grief

What we’re really mourning when we lose a beloved public figure

MyMy friend Paul is known for making everyone around him laugh uproariously. He is judicious, skeptical — definitely not one for drama. But this past Sunday, when news of Kobe Bryant’s tragic death hit, he was an emotional wreck. For a few hard, heavy hours, I barely…

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Kate Green Tripp

Writer / Editor / Strategist. I chase ideas and shape stories about health, science, culture, and innovation. Mostly, I belong outside.