US musician Harry Connick Jr. has opened up about the difficulty he has experienced in grieving for loved ones who died amid the Covid-19 pandemic.
The star recently revealed that 14 people he knew had died during Covid lockdowns, including his trombone player Lucien Barbarin, who he described as “his good friend…and like a brother to me”.
Speaking to People (the TV Show!), Connick, a practising Catholic, said his uncle had also died, as well as the man he regards as his musical mentor, American jazz pianist Ellis Marsalis Jr., and Mgr Richard Guastella, the priest who officiated at Connick’s 1994 wedding to actress Jill Goodacre.
“After a while, you really start to say, ‘What the heck is going on?’” Connick said.
“It’s hard to grieve when there’s sort of no physical closure. Normally, in our culture, you have some sort of funeral or memorial service and there’s none of that [during the pandemic],” he explained.
Connick recently released his latest album, Alone With My Faith, which he recorded amid lockdown.
Picture: Harry Connick Jr.