Time for our weekly round up of interesting grief-related posts and articles about grief that we stumbled on this week. Enjoy!
Beyond Goodbye: Death and Photography
You may have seen our post last week on grief and photography. Sticking with that theme, we wanted to share a link from the Beyond Goodbye website (great site that we have featured before, created in memory of Josh Edmonds). Josh’s sister, Rosa, has posted an incredible essay she wrote that looks at the practice of taking photos of loved ones and the use of those images after someone has died. Check out her post Making it Real- Death and Photography.
You know here at WYG we love and support all sorts of creative and outside-the-box ways to cope with grief. This week we discovered a tumblr blog “dedicated to the art of processing the complex and heavy emotion of grief through comics”. Though comics often bring to mind humor, you will find a huge range of emotions in the comics on this site, with the central theme of grief and loss. And you can even submit your own. We love this creative outlet for coping with grief, and I am seriously considering creating something to submit (despite my horrible drawing abilities) Check it out griefcomics.tumblr.com.
Parents Grieving Loss of a Child
A new research study in Psychological Science looks at couples who have lost a child. Rather than focusing on individual grief, the study looked at something they call “Partner-Oriented Self-Regulation” — basically, how couples may avoid talking about their grief or attempt to ‘stay strong’ for the sake of the other person in the relationship. You can check out a more detailed summary of their research and findings here: Being Stoic For the Spouse’s Sake Comes at a High Cost
When to Drop the ‘Dead Baby’ Bomb
We found the Finding My New Normal blog though a great post the author did a couple years ago on Hello Grief, called “The One Where I Lie to My Friends”. Great post that lead us to her great blog. Her most recent post tackles the experience of making new friends after the death of a child and navigating how and when to share that loss. Great post and great blog. Check it out: When to Drop the ‘Dead Baby’ Bomb
This American Life: Harper High School
I always love a good episode of This American Life. The two part episode last week and this week gave an incredible glimpse into the life of a Chicago high school that has had far more than its fair share of violence and death. The TAL team, “spent five months at Harper High School in Chicago, where last year alone 29 current and recent students were shot. 29. We went to get a sense of what it means to live in the midst of all this gun violence, how teens and adults navigate a world of funerals and Homecoming dances. We found so many incredible and surprising stories.” Check out Harper High School: Part One and Harper High School: Part Two.