“Blood will have blood” – the viscera of grief in Justin Kurzel’s Macbeth

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IN A LONELY PLACE

The loss of a child is an unimaginable, unspeakable horror. And it is said that the loss of a child is the most profoundly traumatic experience a couple can ever endure. Some are fused ever closer by it, symbiotically locked in the nightmare of a grief they cannot voice. While others are irrevocably destroyed, by a wound of suffering so immense it can never be cauterized.

Grief can induce a sort of madness. It can feel like a loss of control, a spiraling. The loss of a loved one changes our picture of the world and where we see ourselves positioned in it. And it’s often entwined with guilt; guilt at having survived, guilt at still living, guilt that has no logic. Grief is an incoherent, emotional upheaval, for which there are few adequate coping strategies. For the most part, culture continues to demand stoicism, asking us to deal with…

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