A collection of things on grief

April 17, 2022

Last updated: 17th April 2022

Recently a friend and I were talking about grief and we exchanged notes. I sent them a bunch of things I’ve collected from various places that talk about grief and loss in a poignant and useful way. I’ll keep this list updated.


to love life, to love it even
when you have no stomach for it
and everything you’ve held dear
crumbles like burnt paper in your hands,
your throat filled with the silt of it.
When grief sits with you, its tropical heat
thickening the air, heavy as water
more fit for gills than lungs;
when grief weights you down like your own flesh
only more of it, an obesity of grief,
you think, How can a body withstand this?
Then you hold life like a face
between your palms, a plain face,
no charming smile, no violet eyes,
and you say, yes, I will take you
I will love you, again.


from Our Experience of Grief is Unique as a Fingerprint, an online article on Lithub


from On Death and Love, a personal essay by Melanie Challenger in Emergence Magazine


from LAB GIRL, a book by Hope Jahren. Here she’s describing how her best friend deals with stuff.


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