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Death and Grief | Death and Grief

jacqueline-mitchell's picture
May.08.2012
  I stand on the sand in the "In between" and look out to the sea.   It has been a week of the some of the saddest readings I have done for a long time.   Death takes no prisoners, it leaves no heart untouched and is one of the most heart wrenching experiences.  It can be...
mary-wilkinson's picture
Mar.14.2012
We have a big kettle of memories that settle inside us on simmer, quietly refusing to reach boil, reluctant to allow the whistle to blow, content to, most of the time at least, allow nothing to touch them, to disrupt the mellow sense of acceptance. Now and then though they do surface and it is only...
madeline-sharples's picture
Nov.23.2010
Since our son's death in 1999, I have been involved with The Compassionate Friends. It is a non-profit organization for bereaved families and the people who care about them, following the death of a child. Every day on Facebook TCF poses a question regarding how we handle the  issues involved in...
brenda-sedore's picture
Mar.28.2010
 This post stirred my heart today and inspired me to write about the same subject. It's called "The Necessity of Forgetting (Or: Losing a Father)" by Jane Friedman. I never met my father and yet he's been a distant character hovering at the edges of my life. I've wondered about him and...
ericka-lutz's picture
Jul.12.2009
It's been more than six months since my husband died. I walked slowly into that flooded house of grief. I sank. I came up for air. I sank again. People all around me Accomplished. I read friends' Twitters: "Starting my new book!" and then a while later: "Finished my manuscript, off...
ericka-lutz's picture
Mar.18.2009
On Sunday, March 15th, the Haas School of Business and the Beahrs Environmental Leadership Program at UC Berkeley hosted a memorial for my husband, Bill Sonnenschein. About 300 people attended. I spoke, along with colleagues, students, friends, and other family members. Here's a transcript of my...
ericka-lutz's picture
Feb.28.2009
You know those stupid bumper stickers on the back of delivery trucks, "How am I driving?" Well, I know a number of you are wondering some version of that for me: "How's Ericka doing?"   So here's a brief progress report on me. Two months after Bill's death, and Annie, I, and the...
ericka-lutz's picture
Feb.16.2009
I haven’t had a parent die, or a child, I can’t compare – each an equal ripping, I imagine. You don’t measure grief against grief. But a partner-in-life you walk beside. That’s what you do.  A roll of paper towels on the sunroom table, the plastic half ripped off. When did I fetch it? Begin to...
sue-glasco's picture
Dec.29.2008
Erin left before I got up this morning.  After eating a bowl of cereal, she headed back to Texas stopping by for a final good-bye visit with her other grandmother down the road from us.  After last night’s wind storm, the weather was stunningly beautiful today, and we were so grateful she and Acie...