I weep for you, for us, Momma

  It is our collective complacency that killed this calf. The mother holds her body and her little open mouth aloft for all to see and it breaks our hearts. She won’t let the little girl drop to the sea floor where we could pretend her birth into stillness didn’t happen. We don’t want to…
My father at my wedding

Memorial Day: Sun Mixed with Rain

  Each year, around Memorial Day, I remember my father with love, grief, and a touch of anger. Dad served his country in Korea and later in Vietnam, Thailand, oh and in Cambodia (but shh! U.S. military was not there). My grief renews when I think of memories my sons will never make with their grandfather.…
Healing Grief- Writing a Letter to Deceased Love One

Writing A Letter to Your Deceased Loved One

Writing a letter to a deceased love one offers important therapy to heal grief.  Your grief is palpable.   You think of your deceased loved one and you can not imagine your days without him/her.  Perhaps you make an appointment with a therapist or MD.  You take the prescribed meds and follow your doctor’s advice to…
Love Letter and Rose

Attending the Funeral or Seeing Your Loved ONE LAST TIME?

Earlier this year, when my husband, Scott, and I visited his parents in their Chicago retirement home, I overheard two men talking about someone who just died. “You heard Jack died, right?” said one man. “Sure did,” said the man whose name I later learned was Jerry. “You going to the funeral in Florida?” Jerry…
Stories of love, loss & grief

New Book Submission Guidelines!

BOOK SUBMISSION GUIDELINES In 2017 we started an important conversation on dying, death, and grief when we published our book Just a Little More Time. For 2018 please join us for the second volume. Estimated publication date: June 1, 2018. As you may recall, Just A Little More Time combines letters, poems, and essays from people…

Empty Chair and Holiday Grief

My mother died in January 2001. She missed September 11th, the anthrax attack and the Patriot Act. She missed the news of the space shuttle Columbia disintegration and the capture of Saddam Hussein. And she never saw my posts on Facebook or heard of Katrina, Irma or Ike. Sadly, she knew of Columbine but thankfully…

Forever Is Not Long Enough

One of my favorite writers is Amy Ferris, who, to me, is a dead-ringer for Meryl Streep, and I mean that in the best way. Amy’s ability to write words both brief and profound on so many different and serious topics blows me away each time I read them. When I read Amy’s post on…

Meet Grief Dialogues Assistant Director Leslie Wisdom

Leslie is a writer, performer and director, appearing in musical theater, plays, children’s theater, readings and cabarets throughout Seattle.  She assistant directed Parade and The Last Day of Judas of Iscariot (Sound Theatre Company) and Peter and the Starcatcher (Coeur d’ Alene Summer Theatre). Leslie recently completed a musical adaptation of a classic children’s novel…

Actor Shane Regan Joins the Grief Dialogues Cast

One of the many things I love about using theatre to start the conversation is the opportunity to meet new people and to see actors whose work you have previously seen and admired now take on an bigger role in your life by acting YOUR words.   Because of his reputation in this city, I…

Greg Brisendine Performs in Grief Dialogues Debut

Eight days and counting unti the Grief Dialogues Deput Play.  I am honored that my good friend and fellow Parley Playwright, and a talented actor is performing in the show.  Greg Brisendine is also a  poet and corporate drone in Seattle. His new play is No Strings Attached, about life, love, and sex in a…

Headed to Memphis for the first book reading with Toni Lepeska! @ Alaska Airlines - Seattle-Tacoma Int'l Airport SEA

Will you pls help me share the news? My #memoir about my terminally ill mom's last yr was just released as #audiobook, beautifully narrated by a woman whose empathy adds a deep layer of emotional impact. @audaciouseditor


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