|No End in Sight|
This is Day 137 of my #6MonthsOfGrief Project. To learn more about this practice, feel free to visit Day One, where I explain this project in more detail.
There is no end in sight to this grief. It fills my throat with burning hot ash and slices open my guts so they spill out in front of whomever I am standing in front of at the time. I embarrassedly scoop my innards back up and push them back into my body, mumbling "I'm sorry. I'm sorry. I'm sorry." I try to sew myself back together with shaky hands and a rusty needle I found in an old box of my husband's things.
"Good job! Look how you sewed yourself back up!" people worriedly say, with their crooked smiles and sad eyes. A quick pat on the back and back to their lives. I understand. We are all facing our own grief and mine shines a beacon on other people's wounds with laser-like focus. I want to be one of those people who can spiritually bypass their grief, and just "get on with things." I don't want to live with this pain anymore. I can't live with this pain anymore.
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:
- Filmmaker Gemma Green Hope made a short animation in memory of her grandmother
- Photographer Sarah Treanor Takes Moving Self-Portraits to Cope with Her Fiance's Death
- 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
- How Grief Can Make You Sick
- What's Your Grief?
- The Grief Geek
- Modern Loss's excellent resource list
- The writings of Tim Lawrence
- The Rules of Grief are for Other People by Shawn Doyle on The Good Men Project
- Grief Bibliography on Grief Healing
- 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
- Megan Devine’s Refuge in Grief
- The Geography of Sorrow: Francis Weller on Navigating Our Losses, interviewed by Tim McKee in Sun Magazine
- How to Be a Friend in Deed by Bruce Feiler in the New York Times
- 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.