Thursday, March 19, 2015
Let’s talk about grief, baby
While I was caring for my mother, we were looking through some of her photos and one was of my maternal great-grandparents with three of their children, my grandmother being the fourth, as yet unborn. The image unleashed long suppressed and intense feelings in my mother, who confided in me a great deal of her own grief. When I found the photo again as I was cleaning out her things, I decided to have it restored by the excellent AZ Pictured. The image inspired me to write the piece that long-listed in the 2014 Grieve Writing Competition. As I attended the live reading, I was similarly moved by the beautifully written outpouring of grief that I heard, and found the whole process to be surprisingly healing. So today’s post is really just an encouragement to you to write your own grief in whatever form it comes out in, and then, enter it into the Grieve Writing Competition for 2015, which is now open. The competition is open until June 1st, and you can enter online here: http://www.hunterwriterscentre.org/grieve-project.html You could win $1,000, hear your story read live by professional readers, and above all, inspire and help someone else in their grief as you share yours. I will look forward to reading (and hearing) your work. Good luck!