Litsa and I thought about writing an obligatory New Years post. Maybe ‘Top ten posts to motivate you in 2017‘ or ‘WYG’s most popular posts of 2016’ or something like that. We thought about it, we brainstormed, but we didn’t feel inspired. If you really really want New Years posts, we’ve written them in the past. Here are our favorite two:
- 64 New Year’s Resolutions for Grievers (For those who want to make a resolution)
- Your Resolution Absolution (For those who don’t)
It seems like everywhere we turn we see and hear people saying something to the effect of “2016 was the worst”. They say it because they’re exhausted by politics and disagreement and because headline after headline bears news of tragedy or terribleness.
We get it, we’re right there with them, but were also right here with you and we realize that, for many of you, 2016 was next-level hard. For you, 2016 was a year of death, grief, and heartbreak, and while the rest of their world grieves its collective losses, you’ve had to struggle quietly with your own personal catastrophe.
As you probably know, over the last few weeks a number of celebrities have died. I hope that no one feels that I’m taking away from the significance of these recent losses by saying that it’s been hard for us to head to Facebook and Twitter to post tribute to these celebrities as we have done in the past. Not because they aren’t worthy of tribute, but because WYG is a place where everyone is grieving someone worthy of tribute. And lately, with the coming and going of the holidays, the grief of our readers has been palpable and raw.
All of your losses are significant and you all deserve the opportunity to honor your loved one, to have their legacy shared, and to express why 2016 has been difficult (or even some parts positive) for you. So here’s what we want to do to close out 2016, we want to provide you with a space to honor your loved one’s memory and to share their legacy.
We have created a Remembrance Gallery on our sister site PhotoGrief. Anyone can submit to the Remembrance Gallery and anyone can read entries in the Remembrance Gallery. For those who are interested in submitting to the gallery, a few additional details are provided below.
Here is a link to the gallery. Below is what it looks like.
The submission form can be found at the bottom of the gallery. If you don’t have a photograph of your loved one, you may still submit an entry by uploading a photograph of something that symbolically represents them such as a flower, landscape, or special place.
Each entry will appear in the Remembrance Gallery as a thumbnail image. If you click on your loved one’s image in the gallery it will take you to your loved one’s remembrance post. This post can be shared with family and friends via email or social media. Please see an example below.