In case you missed anything from September…
AS TOLD BY EVEE:
September is a month that holds many mixed feelings for Katie and I. Mum’s birthday is on the 8th of September, and she passed away on the 9th of September. I started this month writing What I Would Get You For Your Birthday. This post speaks on what Mum’s 57th birthday. These milestones can be hard, but I am so glad that we have a space to express ourselves and speak our truth.
Next I wrote about my emotions on entering into Third Year, and the worry and confusion that comes with that. Finally, I wrote about my 6 month rollerskating update in What I Learned From 6 Months of Rollerskating. With every low comes a high!
AS TOLD BY KATIE:
Katie started this month by celebrating running 80km in one month! In her post, Katie lists everything she learned in this invaluable experience. Next Katie shared her emotional post called This Feeling Right Here. This Feeling Right Here details Katie’s journey with grief and what it means now, 3 years on from our Mum’s passing. She speaks on how The Grief Reality came about, and the gratitude we have for this beautiful, supportive community.
Next Katie shared Water Is The Symbol of Change, a post which shares Katie’s life changes over the past year. She speaks on how she has grown, and how this is reflected in the environment around her.
Finally, Katie wrote about Advocating For Self. Katie finished the month talking on how she advocates for herself and her grief in her present day. Now, grief is something for Katie to learn from, and allow to guide her life in a gentle, loving way.
AS TOLD BY YOU:
Aneesha started September by sharing a beautiful poem detailing the events unfolding in Afghanistan, in her post As Told By Aneesha #2. Aneesha shows us how beautifully creative writing can be a source of strength and healing.
The next post came from Manette Kay. In As Told By Manette Kay, Manette Kay details the effects of losing someone to suicide as a way of raising awareness for suicide prevention month. We are so grateful to have such a thoughtful and insightful audience who wants to share such vulnerability with us.
As Told By Suzanne also spreads awareness on suicide through the sharing of Suzanne’s experience of losing her son during the pandemic. She talks openly about the struggle that came with this added layer to loss.
Finally Aneesha completed the month with another gorgeous poem called Winter Storm, within As Told By Aneesha #3. This poem highlights the turning of the seasons and how this can affect us mentally.
As always, we are so unbelievably proud of all of you for your comments, submissions and posts that you share with us. Truly, your work is inspiring and helps so many people. Thank you.
If you would like to submit for October 2021, feel free to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with your post. It is an honour to be trusted with your stories.
In Thursday Thoughts, we had wonderful discussions about:
- #30: What Was The Last Phone Call You Had?
- #31: How Do You Bring Peace Into Your Day?
- #32: When Was The Last Time You Challenged Yourself?
- #33: What Was Your Best Memory From Summer?
- #34: What Are You Most Looking Forward To From Autumn?
Your contributions to these discussions are so invaluable to us! It’s an honour to us that you want to take part.
Reality Revisited is our section of the blog where we repost our work from when we were beginning our grief journeys. With this segment, we aim to reflect on the early struggles of our grief, and what we went through without our mum. We are proud of where we have come from, and of where we are going. We hope you are as well. Overall, we want you to know that if you are struggling with your grief, that is okay. You are not alone.
We hope that you have enjoyed reading The Grief Reality in September. It is a joy to have somewhere to talk so openly about grief, mental health and general ramblings.
Wishing you well for the month of October. I hope this month is kind to you.
Katie and Evee x