A death, a dream and the search for healing

What does one do when overwhelmed by loss? We sublimate pain and conflict by seeking stories of love, resilience and nurturance. Our imagination will revive us.

My friend Surekha died this week last year. I got a taste of first-hand grief in the aftermath of her sudden death from COVID-19 during India’s devastating second wave. She was too young, too full of life. Too much depended on her. It was a raw shock for me to experience the absurd finality of the loss from this close.

Thankfully, Surekha’s friends—and she has an army of devoted friends, fans and admirers—rallied to support each other and her family. As a coping ritual, I began to speak to her other best friends regularly. Some spoke about practical things, some …


Natasha Badhwar

Natasha is a writer, filmmaker and communications coach. She is the author of the popular memoirs My Daughters’ Mum and Immortal for a Moment. Her columns have appeared in publications such as Mint Lounge, The Hindu, Outlook, The Globe and Mail, The Indian Express, the Hindustan Times and Quint.