Grief is….

Grief is an emotion that is the natural response to a loss.  But this simple definition doesn’t really describe what grief is, how it feels, and in my  mind, how it changes over time. I believe we always carry grief with us, but it’s not always a heavy burden.  Sometimes it feels like a bag of rocks we are dragging along with us, sometimes it’s shrouded over us like a wet blanket, and sometimes we are carry it tucked in the back pocket of our jeans.

I believe writing about our grief can help us understand our loss, and live with the loss.

“As long as I kept moving, my grief streamed out behind me like a swimmer’s long hair in water. I knew the weight was there, but it didn’t touch me. Only when I stopped did the slick, dark stuff of it come floating around my face, catching my arms and throat till I began to drown. So I just didn’t stop.”

~Barbara Kingsolver, The Poisonwood Bible

What is grief to you?


About Jennifer Simpson

Writer, marketing consultant, community builder and teacher. Director of DimeStories International, where authors share their 3-minute stories at open mic events and online. Publisher and editor of the I WRITE BECAUSE project. Find out more at
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