Weekend Edition: April 14th

General / General : Eleanor Haley

Extra, extra!  Read all about it.  It’s time for us to distill the hours we’ve spent on the internet reading article after article…procrastinating.  If you could see the pile of laundry on my dining table you’d understand.


1. A discussion of the final essay, The Loss of Depth, in author Julian Barnes recently published collection, Levels of Life. The article’s author believes The Loss of Depth puts Barnes in the company of other great men like Maurice Saatchi and Noam Chomsky, all who speak openly about their grief, a taboo many men aren’t willing to break.

Bonus:  After reading the Barnes article I googled Maurice Saatchi and found this beautiful article entitled, Close to Madness: The Grief of Maurice Saatchi .  Saatchi’s wife Josephine Hart died in June 2011 from Ovarian Cancer.  The author details Saatchi’s ritual of laying a place for his wife at the breakfast table, including the morning papers in the order which she liked to read them.  Saatchi realizes others might think he’s crazy but takes solace in the knowledge that “Queen Victoria kept Albert’s utensils set out for forty-two years”.  Saatchi’s wife was a globally respected novelist and a lover of literature and poetry.  He discuses how he has read every book ever written on grief and has found very little comfort, but American poet Robert Frost can sum up his experience in a few simple words – “I have been one acquainted with the night”.


A Jewish Rally in the US, 1937

2.  April 8th was Yom HaShoah, also known as Holocaust Remembrance Day.  On this day the lives and heroism of the Jewish people who died in the Holocaust between 1933 and 1945 are honored and remembered.  In honor of Yom HaShoah, here are 20 Photos That Change the Holocaust Narrative.  These photos show inner power and strength in the face of injustice and horror.  The posts’s author states the photos are meant to, “tell the real story of the Holocaust.  A story that goes beyond victimhood and into our present-day lives.”


3.  We hear a lot about the bond between twins, so it would make sense that twin grief would reflect this unique bond.  I discovered this was true when my mother, a twin, died.  Her sister has always felt the pain of her loss very deeply, in a way that can be difficult for others to understand.  Here Christa Parravani writes with great honesty about how her twin sister’s death nearly drove her to suicide.  For siblings dealing with the death of their twin, WYG recommends checking out the international twin grief support group Twinless Twins.

4.  The new book, How Animals Grieve, by Barbara J. King focuses on the breadth and depth of animal grief. In a recent interview with NPR King discusses animal grief, “In my work, I define grief as some visible response to death that goes beyond curiosity or exploration to include altered daily routines plus signs of emotional distress.”  Kings book was the focal point of a story in Time Magazine entitled ‘The Mystery of Animal Grief’ (check it out if you subscribe to Time).  Otherwise you can read a bit more about it here.

5.  The Flickr Blog highlighted Nico Nordstrom, a college student who turned her grief into beauty through photography.    Check out her story below…

Let’s be grief friends.

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