Well, I must say, it’s a beautiful day in Baltimore. Here on the East Coast, the temperature is cooling down, the days are growing shorter, and back-to-school season is in full swing.
Personally, I’m in a wee bit of denial about summer coming to an end. The cold seasons drain me so much I’m compelled to stock up on happy carefree feelings like a squirrel gathering nuts for winter. So, from now until the day my kids go back to school, you can find me at the state fair eating ice cream and ribbon fries.
I’m only half kidding. I love the fair.
In all seriousness, the posting schedule throughout these last few weeks of summer is a little light for a number of reasons (only one of which involves oversized plush carnival prizes). If you’ve read WYG for a little while, you know that we typically like to publish at least one comprehensive post a week. If you’ve read WYG for a long while, you might even remember when we used to post two times a week.
Our second weekly post was usually a shorter feature called ‘Friday Favorites’, where we shared resource recommendations. It was a nice way to share books, websites, articles, movies, music, etc sent to us by readers and other grief-professionals. To be honest, I can’t remember why we stopped this feature and lately, we’ve been thinking it’s a shame we did.
You can probably guess where we’re headed here.
Though we’re not planning a literal reboot of Friday Favorites, we do want to take a little time every now and then to share some of the cool things people send to us or that we stumble upon. There’s no time to start like the present so…here we go!
What we’re reading:
Orca J35 carried her deceased calf, who died just 30 minutes after being born, for 17 days. Though much has been written on this story, it was interesting to see the crew’s perspectives and emotional reactions.
- Why You Should Take Time to Mourn During Career Transitions via The New York Times
It’s good to see people recognize the potential for experiencing grief in this scenario, though the article only addresses managing grief when leaving a job voluntarily (and not after being laid off or fired).
- Will I Ever Get Over this Grief? via the Dear Sugars
“Nearly four years after the death of her sister, a reader says her pain has only become more pronounced.”
What we’re watching:
- ‘To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before’ via Netflix
At face value, this is a teenage romcom with a Can’t Buy Me Love vibe. However, those who get grief, especially girls grieving the death of their mother, will notice quite a few underlying grief themes.
Okay, not really, but we may as well take this opportunity to plug our most recent video on going back to school after the death of a loved one.
Who We’re Following:
- @theimaginarylibrary via Instagram
Check out her #100daysofgrief project.
100/100: Thank you. For the stories and experiences you’ve shared, the acknowledgement of my own, the encouragement. The many comments and messages (which I’m still responding to). I started this project with no expectations other than that I could create a space to “take off a mask,” but I have been blown away by the sense of community. There have been good days (where I feel a little less alone, where I feel like there’s value to others). There have been tough moments (like dragging myself out of bed at midnight to squeeze out a drawing while traveling…or confronting something I didn’t want to think about). Some have asked me if I’m stopping at 100 days. I’m not. (Grief doesn’t just stop, and this outlet has been meaningful for me.) But at Day 100, I can stop sprinting and take a moment to reflect. Thank you so much for being here. I am grateful you’ve kept me company.
Timely and Topical Resources:
Speaking of going back to school, this website has a ton of resources for supporting grieving students. If you are a teacher, school counselor, parent, or another adult who may find themselves supporting a grieving child – definitely bookmark this page.
International Overdose Awareness Day is August 31st. Check out their website for information on how you can participate in events and advocacy on the day.
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