Letter from the Editor, January 2002
By Kara L.C. Jones

Is it possible that the year 2002 is already upon us?! Gawd, time seems to be flying. And yet, some days, I feel as if I'm standing shock still while the world moves on without me. I think this is a dichotomy that we all feel, but I seem acutely aware of it since my son's death. Sort of feels as though that's where the "shock still" started. I can't believe we are three years without him. Three years into building KotaPress.

Yes, it's 2002. It seems as though I've just realized how long term and thorough the grief-beast is in changing our lives. This issue of the Loss Journal, I've tried to put together resources that address as many aspects as possible. We've got a look at research and controversy. We've got an article from Joanne Caccitore addressing the grief of children and surviving siblings, in particular. Angie Farley gives us a glimpse into her forthcoming narrative, Innocence Lost, and she shares a beautiful photo and poem with us, too. She's our shining example of creative healing this issue. And I'm offering an article that you may have seen in one of my other columns before now. But it's a look at some hard core body issues-- these issues seem to surface again and again as we work through the grief and disappointment of having our babies die inside us if you've experienced stillbirth. I'm sure there are body issues in lots of kinds of loss, so I offer the article here as an opening for a larger discussion.

Also, we've re-opened the submission process for the Loss Dictionary, so I hope you'll read thru that Featured Article and send in your own contributions. And the "Readings To Heal By" article this issue is all about Diana Gabaldon's Outlander series which is just all the rage in my house these days. Hope you'll check it out and find something there for you, too.

It's our wish to build a resource here at KotaPress to give you tools for survival after loss. Hope this New Year's issue offers you some small healing or hope as you head down the road of your own grief and healing path.

Miracles to you!

This page is dedicated to Dakota
Born and died March 11, 1999


Author Biography
Kara's son Dakota was born still March 11, 1999 at 4:47pm. Since that day when her heart shattered into a million pieces, she has done hard work to create a legacy for her son. She and her husband founded KotaPress. She has written and published several grief and healing books such as "Flash Of Life," "Mrs. Duck and The Woman," and "Father Son Holy Ghost." She now most enjoys facilitating writing workshops where healing and process are top of mind and heart. If you wish to contact her, please send email to editor@kotapress.com

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