Susan Eley reviewed Taryn Simon‘s An Occupation of Loss at the Park Avenue Armory in the Huffington Post. The acclaimed performance, which featured professional mourners from around the world, closed Sunday after a sold-out, two-week run.
Bereavement is universal. No one avoids it and thus the need to go through it is inevitable. How people choose to grieve, whether based on religious law, cultural mores or personal preference, is different the world over. But there is a shared need to not go through it alone, but to surround oneself with loved ones, family, friends, and in some cases, with strangers who lament for a living.