stages of grief

For more than a year now, I have been struggling with the desire to create a visual series called ‘stages of grief’ that expressed my personal experience (with all due respect to Elisabeth Kubler-Ross and David Kessler). I have a working version which I post here today, with the question: do any of these resonate with YOUR experience of loss and grief???  As always, I would love to hear from you. And thank you.

6 thoughts on “stages of grief

  1. All do resonate. I was wondering whether the universal isolation helps or hinders? I think ( but cannot know) for me it would offer a silent community. Yet I recognise that THAT might make pain less individual, and pain itself can be comforting because loss is real and not imagined.

    Yet you struggle to make of it real art of exploration and expression, which does imply the beginning of mastery. Admirable Sarah! In such a tossing sea you sink a steady stake to tie that craft. Thank you for sharing it.

    • I so love your comments, Philippa! ‘sink a steady stake to tie that craft.’ Thank you! As the anniversary rolls around – all the ‘this time last year’ over and over – I hardly feel steady. And yet there is predictability about the return of each month, the memories embedded therein inviting reflection and growth. From your observation, I see that I may, indeed, be holding my own despite the tossing. A comforting thought and one I shall both savor and hold close.

      • Glad if my reflections offer even small comfort Sarah. Having been through death myself I know that loving bonds continue, not in some abstract sense, but just as wholly as breakfast in the sun. But saying so often seems to diminish or dismiss the grief which is not my intention. Yet you will always be together, physical loss just tends to obscure and fog that certainty.

  2. Light, it’s always a certain kind of light. And presently I’m cheered by watching robins in my garden, not far from my window, incredibly hard working at building their nest.

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