Category Archives: grief

An Inelegant Deficiency: Anxiety, Writing, & Loss

“It’s an act of faith. It’s going on when you no longer believe. It’s walking right into that wilderness.” – Natalie Goldberg, “Wild Mind” “I’ve had an elegant sufficiency, and anything else would be flippity floppity.” – my mum-in-law What … Continue reading

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A Tale of Two Libraries

“There is no love without loss.” When I walked into the British Library, or, later that same day, the Poetry Library, I wasn’t thinking of my sister, who’s a medical librarian. I wasn’t even thinking of my late mother, who … Continue reading

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Like Wheat that Springeth Green: Easter

Most adults accept that, even after great loss, in some form at least, love will come again. After bereavement, though grief never truly leaves us, there is always love enough out there for new friendships, perhaps a new partner, or … Continue reading

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Mindfulness, Samhain, and Loss

Samhain is the Pagan name for Hallow’een. Like most holidays, it’s a bit of a mix: feasting, remembrance of the dead, and the turning of the year. I love a good midnight feast, as well as having two New Years. … Continue reading

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Delay, Light & Dark: World Suicide Prevention Day

A wise friend once told me that even the most negative of character traits can be helpful, in the right circumstances. Take, for example, procrastination. Also known, by those of us who use spellcheckers a lot, as delay. Today¬† (10 … Continue reading

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