The death of a loved one is something everyone will have to deal with at some time or another in their life. In all likelihood, it will be something everyone will have to deal with a number of times. Not that that makes it any easier.
Especially now, in the midst of a global pandemic that for so many has meant watching loved ones pass away far away from them. Not visited, touched, or seen outside a video call. Not properly said goodbye to, even when there might otherwise have been that chance. Not properly mourned afterwards, with their other family and friends.
This week, Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp will be trying to deal with that. He has likely been dealing with it for some time, following news today that his mother, Elisabeth, died recently and that her funeral was held on Tuesday in Germany.
Under normal circumstances, he would have been there, and likely in the weeks leading up to hear death, too. Instead, like so many over this past year, he will be stuck in another city, in another country, trying to process his grief from a distance.
Her death was made public by local Schwarzwälder Bote today following the funeral, with the paper carrying a brief quote from Klopp saying “as soon as circumstances allow, we will hold a wonderful commemoration” of the life of someone “who meant everything to me.”