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Out of Grief Comes Emotion

When grief hits, we are pummeled by a range of emotions. We may not have known that we could feel so much, endure so much, or rage for an hour until we were exhausted. Grief unleashes a barrage of emotions that short circuits our mind and leaves us sobbing on the floor.  When someone close…

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Out of Grief Comes Body

Grief hits with the force of a dump truck, leaving us battered and achy for months. Every morning we wake up, remember that our loved one is dead, and the truck runs over us again.  Our encounter with grief is so powerful, so eye-popping, that we are sure people can tell what has happened by…

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Out of Grief Comes Spirit

Sometimes I hear the voice of a family member who has died, or I feel their presence. Is it real? Out of the blue, I will think to send something to a friend in another state. When it arrives three days later, it’s exactly what she needed that day. How did I know? Is something…

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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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I Harvested Death from my Garden Today

As part of our Out of Grief Comes Art series, I want to share the photo essay from our friend Marit Krueger.  Although these photographs were taken in fall 2018, their images showcase how life becomes death in order to be reborn. I Harvested Death from my Garden Today by Marit Krueger Gathered her in…

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