|Grey Haired Widow|
This is Day 122 of my #6MonthsOfGrief Project. To learn more about this practice, feel free to visit Day One, where I explain this project in more detail.
Today is the 10 month anniversary of my husband's death. Every day I look in the mirror and see more grey hair sprouting out of my head. I feel like I've aged 10 years in these last 10 months. Grief tears up my heart and my body. I'm a grey-haired, old widow.
As I stare at my hair, I remember — I've always had a very prominent widow's peak. I once was told by an old witchy hippie when I was just a little girl, that I would outlive my husband and be a widow — the proof was in my widow's peak. She said I would long outlive him, because my widow's peak was so deep. There was nothing to be done. It was written into my genetics. I remember that moment so clearly. I felt simultaneously sad, that I would one day be a widow, but so excited that there would some day be a person who loved me enough to marry me. I guess I still feel that way.
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
- 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.