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Writing About Grief And Our Song Of The Week On This West Virginia Morning


On this West Virginia Morning, the 2019 death of religious writer Rachel Held Evans shook many who looked to her as a voice for young, progressive Christians. It was also a terrible blow to her sister Amanda Held Opelt of Boone, North Carolina.

Working through her grief, Opelt studied grief rituals and wrote a book. Inside Appalachia Producer Bill Lynch spoke with her about grieving, writing about grief and her sister Rachel.

Also, in this show, our Mountain Stage Song of the Week comes to us from Darlingside, who is described by NPR as “exquisitely arranged, literary-minded, baroque folk-pop.” We listen to their performance of “Ocean Bed,” which appeared on their 2020 album Fish Pond Fish.

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