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Capture Your Grief Day 13: Book


#captureyourgrief day 13 - Book - Farther Along

We are a society of independence and self-help.  Take a stroll down the aisles of any bookstore and note how many titles are devoted to do-it-yourself and fixing yourself.  From plumbing to dieting, there’s a “For Dummies” book for just about anything.  Just about.

There is no such book as Surviving Baby Loss for Dummies.

And rightly so.  The journey from darkness is different for each of us. Yet, we can find direction in sharing our stories… and in writing our own.

I am currently participating in a four-week writing workshop for bereaved parents, through which I have been introduced to the book Farther Along: The Writing Journey of Thirteen Bereaved Mothers. I have just started to work through it, so I cannot yet speak of it fully; however, all that I have read and the prompts that I have written from so far have been helpful.  

This is a wonderful guide for any mother who has lost a child—not just writers—to help get thoughts down on paper, to allow those thoughts to be identified, sorted through, and ultimately worked through.

I felt such a dry spell in my writing during my pregnancy with Alexander.  (This has been the case during all of my pregnancies.)  And then, since losing him, I have had a difficult time writing poetry still.  I miss it.  But I am still spinning my wheels.  I am hoping that the prompts and guidance of Farther Along will help me to find my voice again.

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To take part in #captureyourgrief for 2013 visit this link to get all of the information http://carlymarieprojectheal.com/2013/09/capture-your-grief-october-2013.html. To see the facebook event please click here https://www.facebook.com/events/735339813149251/

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torch bearing quietly

I will not act out, will not
yell or curse or slam doors,
will not make a scene -- you
do not deserve such a chance
to make an example out of me
to be proven right since you
are not. Instead, I'll stand
at this street corner, raise
my hand high and clench that
light which yet remains. It
will burn brightly, quietly,
fiercely before fading as I.

Then I'll be gone but found.

©JAC 2005

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