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Out of Grief Comes Darkness

Grief is a dark place because no one taught us what losing someone we love feels like.
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Out of Grief Comes___________

Several years ago, as I began this Grief Dialogues journey, the phrase Out of Grief Comes Art became my mantra. When I experienced a beautiful piece of art such as writing or film, I often learned that the art form was created by the artist as a way to work through grief. At first I…
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Testament

For D.K. On the day of your passing I watched your friends scatter— some, to high places—tops of trees to wave their branches in winds that waved yours, tips of staves, ascending keening notes— some, to low—bottoms of dollar wells, to floor drag their bare-ash eyes— and some at sea level—coursing wool-wrapped, in dumb suspension—…
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The Mute Dinner Guest

Every time I try to explain what the book is about, I come up with something different. It’s a hologram. I hope. Or maybe it’s a mirror – reflecting whatever it is the reader needs to see. Maybe that’s how all books work, though.
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The Ghosts of Grief

Lately, I just can’t shake this dull, overwhelming sadness that has attached itself to me. Like some annoying, intractable specter hanging about. Losing my loved ones. Impending doom. The fear of death and the unknown. Grief for what is yet to come. The thoughts cloud my brain, tugging at happiness. They beg for attention. Stop…
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Six ways to support someone grieving through the holidays…from near or far

Grief and loss can be overwhelming anytime of the year. But during the holidays, there’s a chance it’s harder, or at the very least, hard in different ways. We experience and remember rituals that we never think about at any other time of the year. We are forced to interact with people we haven’t seen…
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Empty Chairs Around the Holiday Table

  “There is a grief that can’t be spoken. There is a pain that goes on and on. Empty chairs at empty tables. Now my friends are dead and gone.” —Les Miserables   We in America are not good at grieving. Most of us tend to numb our pain with alcohol, television, food, or drugs…
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The Holidays AND Space

The Holiday ANDspace

In my heARTwork over at The Creative Grief Studio, we coined the phrase ANDspace to talk about how grief experience so often does not fit in our binary based world. This has been especially true for me in my personal grief experience of the holidays since my son died in 1999. Also in my work…
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From Absence to Presence

  My father died in a car accident on Christmas Day, 1982, the day before my twenty-ninth birthday. The festivities I’d been eagerly awaiting were silenced by the flame of a yahrzeit memorial candle. How would life go on without him? On December 28th, almost thirty years later, I sat by my mother’s bedside singing…
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