ADD COVID-19 and Anticipatory Grief - is this the reason why South Africa is so angry right now?
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Graeme Codrington joins the Good Things Guy podcast to chat about COVID-19, hope, anticipatory grief, anger… and what that means for South Africa!


Johannesburg, South Africa (04 August 2020) – After four months of lockdown and four months since Graeme Codrington joined Brent Lindeque on his Jacpod Podcast; the futurist is back to chat about South Africa’s anger and where it stems from.

Codrington, a South African author, futurist and strategy consultant, has been very vocal about the Corona Virus and what that means for South Africa. Some of his thoughts have been very serious, talking about the elderly, the people with underlying illnesses and the poor.

But he has also added a different perspective and ultimately… hope.

Graeme joins the Good Things Guy Jacpod again but this time to chat about the state of the country after four months of lockdown and why South Africans are so angry.

COVID-19 and Anticipatory Grief - is this the reason why South Africa is so angry right now?
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What comes up is something called anticipatory grief.

COVID-19 – caused by a virus with unprecedented deadliness and voracious contagion – brought the world to a standstill. As we struggle to process the pandemic’s rising death toll and reel from its economic impact, we can’t move or gather together freely. Our normalcy is gone. Coronavirus anxiety is everywhere. The future is uncertain, and the outlook is bad. 

And all of us are in a constant state of grief. 

We’re all in this kind of emergency state, and everybody’s destabilised. It’s really scary, and we’re experiencing loss because we’ve lost our sense of security. And that makes it really tricky. The other thing that makes COVID-19 really tricky is that the destination isn’t clear.

There is no finality or end-date attached to this thing, and the world is mourning on a wide scale; grieving what we haven’t yet lost.

Even if we and our loved ones all make it through okay, there will be an enormous loss of life across the globe, transforming the makeup of our towns and neighbourhoods. And that’s not to mention the loss of routine, economic security, local businesses, and the dozens of other things that once comprised everyday life. 

We’re collectively experiencing an emotional state called anticipatory grief, where people acutely feel a loss that hasn’t yet occurred, on a global scale. Unlike bereavement, the grieving that follows loss, anticipatory grief lacks a sense of finality. 

The conversation is deep, hard and ultimately comforting.

Listen to the show below:

2019 was a big year for the JacPod podcast series, and especially Good Things Guy… with a growing weekly audience that has seen the channel climbing to No 2 in South Africa on Apple Podcasts.

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Brent Lindeque is the founder and editor in charge at Good Things Guy.

Recognised as one of the Mail and Guardian’s Top 200 Young South African’s as well as a Primedia LeadSA Hero, Brent is a change maker, thought leader, radio host, foodie, vlogger, writer and all round good guy.

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