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Femke van der Laan

Femke van der Laan

Femke van der Laan makes a plea for sorrow. After the death of her husband, mayor of Amsterdam Eberhard van der Laan, she got to know a new, deep kind of sorrow. She wrote columns about it in Het Parool and came to the conclusion in writing that there is not enough room in our society for grief and pain. Her message: for God’s sake be sad. In this lecture she shares the lessons of her grief.