It has not even been a week since Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died. She is already a legend, and we mourn her loss.
The news coverage has been intense. Many stories recap her life. Many more (it seems) offer speculation on her successor, and when and how to proceed with this decision, and how her death may impact the upcoming elections.
Justice Ginsburg’s death is affecting us deeply. Many have shared with me that they are overwhelmed by her death. Some are afraid for our country, our rights, and our democracy. Others are angry at the rush to approve the next justice. Virtually everyone I’ve talked with has shared their admiration and respect for Justice Ginsburg.
Earlier today (Wednesday), Justice Ginsburg’s casket was carried up the Supreme Court’s steps. Describing the crowd gathered at the Supreme Court, the Washington Post reports,
“They watched as a black hearse arrived at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, and from it emerged Ginsburg’s casket draped in an American flag. It was carried slowly up the steps, between dozens of the justice’s former law clerks, and inside the court for a private ceremony.”
I sense we need this physical scene of reverence as a reminder to pause. We need this image as a reminder to express our condolences to those experiencing personal loss in the justice’s death. We need this image as a reminder to actually make space to feel our gratitude for this amazing woman who lived her values with grace, humility, and confidence.
In the rituals of mourning, may we open our hearts to hear Justice Ginsburg’s voice reassuring us and inspiring us. Yes, she’s calling us to action. And yes, we need to take time to say good-bye.
An 87-year-old legend has died. May her memory be a blessing.