Jingwen Zhang is a medical student in New York City. She graduated from Amherst College, where she was first exposed to Asian American Studies and to new considerations of social and justice issues within the framework of her Christian faith. She also served as editor-in-chief of The Amherst Student. In her free time, Jingwen enjoys long walks and bike rides in the concrete jungle of the city.
Mourning practices are generations-old traditions of solidarity, honoring other family members, carrying out closely-held duties, and caring for our own spiritual wellness. If our instinct is to reject the practices so important to our neighbors, we will leave unaddressed pain to fester, decomposing our interdependence and trust.