As Arthur was dropping a colleague to the bus stop after she had come to do a sympathy visit with us, she told him that they really wanted to support and care for me. Was there anything else they could do?
Arthur tried to work out what she was offering: meals? help with childcare? emotional support?
It was none of those things. She was offering to visit again and to sit with me again. That’s how you care for a bereaved person in Tanzania.
So, here’s a comparison of how to care for a bereaved person in our experiences of Tanzania and Australia. There’s more to say about both cultures, but I think this covers the basics.
Tamie Davis is an Aussie living in Tanzania, writing at meetjesusatuni.com.