Hello, love. I’m so sorry you’re here.
And I’m really glad you’re here.
That’s the standard multi-level greeting of the grieving.
Here’s what you’ll find on the Refuge in Grief site:
* Talking about grief – which is really talking about love – is my favorite part of this work. Find videos, podcasts, and interviews on the Press & Media page.
* Read archives and occasional new Blogposts on how to live inside grief, without the typical platitudes and cheerleading so common in grief support. I write for both people in pain and those who truly want to support their grieving friends or family, so you may find some things you can pass along to the people who most want to help.
You can use the search feature to poke around the blog.
* I have a new book coming out in September 2017. Look for events and pre-ordering information in the months to come. In the meantime, my first book, Everything is Not Okay: Practical Tools to Help You Stay in Your Heart & Not Lose Your Mind is still the best thing I’ve made for you. It’s an audio book, available by download, so you can be listening to nourishing, useful words in just a few minutes. This is the book I wish I’d had when I was first widowed.
* Grief is incredibly lonely. Finding a tribe is important, and maybe something you just don’t think will happen. The Writing Your Grief courses might be the community you’re looking for. They really are stunning ~ I was surprised, myself. After your course session is over, you can stay connected through the ongoing alumni community. It’s a special place, and we’ve saved a spot for you.
* I offer professional consultations for therapists, writers, and students wanting to start or expand their practice of supporting others in their grief. Visit this page to schedule a consultation.
* Be sure to sign up for the weekly letter. It’s not just a recap of the week’s blogposts, it’s also my personal letter to you. Plus, it has the poem of the week, and a link to whatever useful thing I’ve found that might help support you in your grief. The sign up is on the sidebar. It’s the best way for us to stay in touch.
* And, come hang out on twitter and Facebook. I spend quite a bit of time in both places. The world is still a relative wasteland for emotionally intelligent grief support, so when I find beautiful, useful things, I love to share them with you. Come see what I find.
* Total honesty: Like most people these days, I get a lot of emails. Sometimes I reply within 30 seconds. Other times, it might take me weeks to get back to you, especially if I’m focused on a deadline or I’m traveling. But I do read — and appreciate — every single email I receive. Thanks for your patience and understanding!
Though I wish you had no need of this place, I really am glad you’re here.