I never realized how much people die every day until I lived in a town where almost each death is announced by the PA system installed on the church on the main plaza. Through these announcements and the funeral processions and motorcades I have encountered I also learned that the grieving is also a communal event. When I stop to pay attention to the PA announcements often the name of the passing person is giving and the address where the mourning will be held and everyone is invited to assist.
These expressions of the strong community relationships forged through constant interactivity are often foreign to me since I have lived most of my life in big cities where often these community relationships rarely happen. I don’t know if I’m making any sense because I don’t think I have been able to seized these feelings and emotions into words. Am I?
How are deaths, funerals and mourning treated where you live?
New President and Congress Aside: On January 14 at 14 hours the transfer of presidential powers will be held in Guatemala City where Otto Pérez Molina will receive the Presidency of Guatemala from Alvaro Colom. Before 2 p.m. new Congressmen and women will also take their seat at the new Congress. I believe this is also the first time a woman will be the Vice President of Guatemala; Ingrid Roxana Baldetti Elías is that woman.
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