from the Editor, Jan/Feb
Can't believe it is 2005. Another year without my son. He'd be six years old next month. I am reminded again in my own life path that grief is an endless journey. This is not to say grief consumes me whole as it did that first day or week or year after he died. But I have made peace with the fact that, counter to everything our culture and society tell us, grief does not come to a "close" -- not even after you "accept" the death. But rather I have made peace with the fact that grief can rise to the surface at the drop of a hat, just like joy. The tears come as quickly and easily as does the laughter in my life. For me, a FULL life has come to be about feeling ALL the feelings, being present for ALL the moment as opposed to popular belief that says "after a while you get over the grief and be normal again." And frankly, I think my version is a little more truthful -- definitely more forgiving and tolerant -- for me in my own life and for me as I interact with others in their lives.
So this issue comes to you as one of those layers of my life, one of the "healing arts" outreaches I continue to pour into the world. We have so many offerings this issue. A review of the new writing journal called, "Grief's Journey." An article from a member of TCF who studied the history of U.S. Presidents to learn how many of them were bereaved parents also. Several poems and creative writings. A few articles offering support resources, sharing things like The Secret Club Project and the RAEYN Legacy Fund. Some resources for teens who are experiencing grief. Information from two Life Coaches-- one telling her own story of loss, the other offering a great guide for online giving if you are wanting to reach out to help others with more than just your $s. And so very much more...
Check it out for yourself...I think you'll find something, some small bit of peace or resource or comfort. As always if you have comments or contributions you'd like to make about this issue or for future issues, please be in touch. My e-mailbox is always open! Please do put "LOSS JOURNAL" in the subject line of your email though -- helps me to pluck it out from amid the tons of spam we're getting these days. Thanks!!
Miracles to you,
L.C. Jones, Dakota's Mommy
This page is dedicated to Dakota