Resume of a Bereaved Mother

In the Grief Writing Class I took last fall, the instructors encouraged us to come up with creative alternatives to share about our losses. I acknowledge the cheesy-ness of this, but if you click the little link below you’ll see the Resume of a Bereaved Mother I started last fall and added to this winter:

Resume of a Bereaved Mother
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Elegy #2

The sun always sets, the day always ends
Everything living always dies
You said goodbye with a sunset
It was an end
And a beginning
Grief is the night
Stars flicker
But mostly it’s dark
We say hello with the sunrise
Only rainy days can bring rainbows
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This fall I took a class about writing grief through lyric poetry and narrative. This was a beautiful opportunity to put words to the sea of sorrow I felt with two brilliant professional writers as navigators. I journeyed with others in various stages of the grieving process, opening our hearts together through writing. I looked forward to these evenings, of holding a pen in my hand and writing about Rayna while facing the waves. The class stretched the way I saw myself and the way I wrote. You will see more works from and inspired by those six weeks throughout the future of the blog.

During our first gathering we skimmed an article entitled How to Give a Eulogy, and the idea of telling the truth in eulogy, even when it is not all flattering, stuck with me. We did not have a funeral for Rayna, feeling satisfied with the dedication we shared in the hospital, so through the class I wrote a eulogy. There was peace and levity in writing about how I knew and experienced Rayna:

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