grief // catharsis

 

Honoring a life. Choosing the right story.
My thoughts on how to write a eulogy.

    “Alex: I was wondering if you have any advice on writing a eulogy, especially for someone you were very close to? I’m struggling with how I feel and what to write. I don’t want to write a ‘shopping list’ of memories and great qualities. Could you help, please?” –Jo   First of all,…

Still trying to “find your voice” as a writer? Um … That’s not how it works.

      “Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.” –George Bernard Shaw   There seems to be a myth percolating through certain parts of the writing world that everyone is born with a naturally amazing + perfectly-formed “writing voice” … … but cruel “society” stomps it out of you, with all…

Hello, self. Guess what? I like you.

    I have been called a “relentlessly positive person”, but there was a time in my life when I did not like myself very much. I did not like my body, so I starved myself (almost to death). I was distressed about my sexuality, which seemed “different” than my friends at school. I had…

You already know everything.

    You already know everything about … Love. Hint: Be patient. Be generous. Be kind.   You already know everything about … Being in a relationship. Hint: Be their biggest fan. Have their favorite snacks on hand. Don’t be a nag.   You already know everything about … Being fit. Hint: Move your limbs…

Just the right words. Just the right time.
Three stories to inspire you to SAY them.

      When Gil was 37 years old, the doctors told him, “It’s cancer, and it’s bad. You have one month to live.” He accepted the diagnosis, and prepared himself to die. The stranger lying in the hospital bed next to Gil had other ideas. “What are you in for?” The stranger asked. “Cancer,”…