Tag Archives: grief and writing

A Daughter Grieving for a Father

In the beginning of 2014, I started writing for AfterTalk about grieving for a father. I did it to appease a family friend. Back then, I think we had three people who wrote the blog posts on the site, and the other two were actively running it. Some of you didn’t know me then, and

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Inspirational Quote 5.21.15: When Someone You Love Dies

“When someone you love dies, and you’re not expecting it, you don’t lose her all at once; you lose her in pieces over a long time—the way the mail stops coming, and her scent fades from the pillows and even from the clothes in her closet and drawers. Gradually, you accumulate the parts of her

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Inspirational Quote 4.2.15: Do not go gentle

This week’s poem is by one of my favorite poets, Dylan Thomas. The recent movie “Interstellar” used this poem several times. It is an affirmation of living life to the last breath, of not not giving one’s self up to grief after the loss of a loved one. It is a great message to all

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Valentine’s Day: Healing through Writing Letters

[Editor’s Note: I was going to write the perfect post for Valentine’s day when my colleague Lisa alerted me to this post from the remarkable website WhatsYourGrief.com entitled “Dear Love: Healing through Writing Letters.” It could not be said any better. Thank you Eleanor for giving us permission to reprint it here.] Dear Love: Healing Through

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Inspirational Quote 1.22.15: the Art of Longing

This poem arose from a conjunction of events—the recent death of my mother-in-law, the last surviving parent on either side of our family, and my driving for hours through a deep Canadian winter to offer a grief workshop in Brockville.  The periodic bursts of long “O” sounds echoed for me the howling wind, and the

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