The Importance and Value of Writing Through Grief

Motherless Mothers Day

On May 9, 2020, Grief Dialogues hosted Motherless Mother’s Day as part of the Reimagine: Life, Loss & Love World Wide Festival. Today we are honored to share with you the video of this event in its entirety.

These are the stories of real – not perfect – moms who mostly did their best but sometimes didn’t even try. And yet, a mother will always hold a place in our hearts. If she didn’t, we wouldn’t blame her for everything that is wrong in our lives. 

The Karuna Project’s Claudia Coenen, a certified grief counselor, and thanatologist, discusses how “expressing your inner experience of grief allows you to explore it, process it, and move through it.”

Claudia Coenen was widowed suddenly and became a certified grief counselor while struggling to put the shattered pieces of her life back together again. She holds a Masters in Transpersonal Psychology with a focus on Creativity and Innovation from Sophia University and an Advanced Grief Counseling Certificate from Brooklyn College. Claudia is a Fellow in Thanatology, through the Association of Death Education and Counseling

Claudia is the author of Shattered by Grief: Picking up the pieces to become WHOLE again. Her newest book, The Creative Toolkit for Working with Grief and Bereavement: A Practitioner’s Guide, explores some well-researched grief models and 30 creative activity sheets that can be reproduced to use with bereaved clients. She is also the developer of  Karuna Cards, a deck of creative ideas for grief and difficult life transitions.

Authors reading their works include:
Jennifer Coates
Aspen Drake
Kathleen LaFrancis Eaton
Katrina Taee

Mary Langer Thompson
Megan Vered
Hosted by Elizabeth Coplan

If this video inspires you to write your own motherless grief story, and you would like to share it, please submit your essay or poem to Grief Dialogues for possible inclusion on our website or in our upcoming book Grief Dialogues 2021.

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