Why it may be time for a more compassionate bereavement policy

When Namitha Jacob’s parents immigrated to the U.S. from India in 1990, they were the first of her family to make the trek across the ocean. As her extended family received their visas and took up their own immigration journeys, her parents’ home was a kind of base camp as others in the family got their feet on the ground. She grew up surrounded by uncles, aunts and cousins just as much as siblings and parents. 

“Having a home with multiple families inside of it … there wasn’t a stark differenti

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