|New Growth from Decay|
This is Day 46 of my #6MonthsOfGrief Project. To learn more about this practice, feel free to visit Day One, where I explain this project in more detail.
While walking around downtown Petaluma, I passed by the old railroad trestle, full of old, decaying, rotting logs. Because we've have had such a powerful storm come through, everything was soaked and with the sun, little green sprouts were just starting to peek out and grow. I was so moved by these tender little plants, finding a home in such a dark, rotten place. It was a powerful reminder of where I am in my Grief Journey. I still feel like a rotten old train trestle, but there are little moments of growth - a little tender part of me that is reaching up to the light in the hopes of growing stronger. Spring brings life. Spring brings hope.
I am very aware that this project can bring up a lot around yours or other's grief and loss, I will always follow every post with some online grief support resources that have helped me. Please feel free to let me know of online support that you have found healing in your grief, as well:
Art with Grief:
- Photographer [Sarah Treanor] Takes Moving Self-Portraits to Cope with Her Fiance's Death by Jillian Wong
- When the Fall Comes, a film about Grief by Adriana Marchione
- Self-Portraits: Expressing Emotion Through Art on What's Your Grief?
- The Hard Romance of Grief by Mark Liebenow
- The poetry of John O’Donohue
Living with Grief Resources:
- Teresa “TL” Bruce's What to Say When Someone Dies
- They Brought Cookies: For A New Widow, Empathy Eases Death's Pain by Ann Finkbeiner on NPR
- A Field Guide to Getting Lost by Rebecca Solnit
- The Geography of Sorrow: Francis Weller on Navigating Our Loses, interviewed by Tim McKee in Sun Magazine
- 12 Things to Know About the First Year of Grieving Someone You Can’t Live Without by Laurie Costanza in Elephant Magazine
Thank you, and see you tomorrow.