A collection of things on grief

April 17, 2022

Last updated: 21st November 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.

from The Lost for Words Bookshop, by Stephanie Butland

This is one of my favourite Reddit comments. Source

from Notes on Grief by Chimamanda Adichie on the passing of her dad.

from this lovely Instagram post.

from Cheryl Strayed’s 2002 essay The Love Of My Life.

from The Red Hand Files 211.

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