Wow… Who knew so many people had experienced a loss on Facebook? Thank you for sharing your stories of grief that you experienced both on and off-line, for your encouragement and support. I am blown away by each and every comment and all of the new followers, and if I had time I would respond to each and every one of you. I am sorry for all of your losses, for your battles with cancer, for your friends and family members who are no longer with us.
You know, I created grieftastic as a sort of secret blog to privately deal with my grief. I didn’t even tell my family about it. Then somehow, someone at WordPress noticed and now I don’t feel like I have to keep my grief so private. Your outpouring of response inspired me to tell my family about the blog. I also posted my last piece — where else — on Facebook (surprisingly, it didn’t garner very many likes or comments. I think it was too “heavy” and people wanted to hear about my dog taking a nap or something).
When we hide our grief, we empower it to grow. When we are brave enough to grieve in groups or publicly, we can find support and understanding that would not otherwise be possible. I hope all of you who are experiencing loss and grief, who are battling cancer, who are just having a fuck of a hard time know that I am thinking about you and enjoyed discovering your blogs over the past few weeks. Much love to you all!