Grief Dialogues: Stories On Love And Loss

Grief Dialogues: Stories On Love And Loss

by Elizabeth Coplan (Compiler)


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Grief Dialogues: The Book harnesses the power of words and images to combat grief. Sometimes the stories are funny. Sometimes hopeful. Sometimes inspiring. Always heartfelt, honest, and reflective. Stories on love and loss by sixty-one authors.

Proceeds of this book are donated to People’s Memorial Association (PMA), providing funeral advocacy and education in Washington State since 1939, and to the Funeral Consumers Alliance (FCA), ensuring consumers are fully prepared and protected when planning a funeral for themselves or loved ones across the country since 1963.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780692040362
Publisher: Grief Dialogues
Publication date: 10/28/2018
Pages: 300
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.63(d)

About the Author

Ms. Coplan is a published essayist and a playwright. Her play productions include: Hospice: A Love Story (six week run in LA) and her post-election play Something Wicked (Seattle on inauguration night, and in LA). Her full-length play Hospice debuted in 2017, and Grief Dialogues: The Play opened the Seattle Death Salon[1] in September 2017.

In June 2018, the play was performed in the Seattle area to sold out performances. The play, or a portion of the play, appeared in New York, Las Vegas, Portland, Pittsburgh, and Memphis.

Grief Dialogues: The Play is part of an artistic movement by the same, using art/theatre to start a new conversation about dying, death, and grief. It invites all of us to reconsider the rhetoric and stigma around death and grief, with the understanding that death is natural and transcends race, creed, ethnicity, gender, age, & economics. Our vision is to create a compassionate, empathetic environment to share our own stories of death and grief. Our motto, Out of Grief Comes Art, emerges in our plays, films, music, visual art, poems and essays that we share with our audiences (live and online).

Table of Contents


Foreword by Karen Smith, LCSW, PhD 11

Preface by Beth Rahe Balas 15

Introduction by Elizabeth Coplan 19


Laugh Again 25

Paul Atriedes

In Response to Stabbings on the MAX 29

Maureen Geraghty

This Kind of Grief (and postscript) 31

Kara LC Jones

Grief is Like Swimming in the Middle of the Ocean (and i hate the ocean) 33

Alica Forneret

Super-Death! 37

Emma Goldman-Sherman

One Fleeting Moment… 47

Florrie Munat

We Danced 51

Vanessa Poster

Crossing the River 55

Susan Johnson

Death of a Childhood 59

Jennifer Coates

Need For Comfort (After Reading Patty Donovan’s Obituary in the Seattle Times [2011]) 63

Sara J Glerum

If Only 65

Jocelyn Williams

Phoenix 69

Mary McLaughlin

Lost and Found 71

Susan Johnson

Out of Art, Love 77

Mary Langer Thompson

Finding Truth at the Threshold of Mortality 81

Aimee Ross

Mysterious Moments: Thoughts That Transform Grief (excerpt) 85

Jane Williams, PhD


My Loved One Has Died, Here’s How You Can Help 93

Elizabeth Coplan

Early Departure

A Prayer and Poem in Three Voices 105

Sara J Glerum

A Wolf 109

Tess Williams

I Weep For You, For Us, Momma 111

Jenny Coates

Losing Our Two Children 115

Richard Rosario

For the Dying and the Ones with Them 125

Maureen Geraghty

Journey With Breast Cancer 127

Aspen Drake

27 Weeks, 761 Grams, and 104 Days: On Redefining “Progress” and Accepting Loss 131

Erin Harrop

I Feel So Very Broken 137

Sharon Ehlers

When Death Comes 139

Ann Lovejoy

Coda 143

Donna James

22 Hours 145

Linda Shadwell Hepp

Up Every Night 151

Sharon EhlersMary Langer Thompson

Near the End 153

Alison Eckels


Forever is Not Long Enough 157

Amy Ferris

In the River Ouse 161

Mike Cordle

A Psalm for Leona at Old Faithful 165

Mary Langer Thompson

Creating the Last Conversation With My Deceased Brother 167

Robyn Faust Gabe, PhD

We Pray 173

Will Silverman

I am a Marionette 175

Megan Vered

Gone 179

Aspen Drake

Hospice: A Love Story 181

Elizabeth Coplan

This Friday, June 15 191

Jennifer Coates

Connections of Hope 195

Rachel Greenberg

I Shall Ever Hope 199

Sara Glerum

The Story of All Was Love 201

Kristina Ashley

The Art of Longing 207

Dr Robert A Niemeyer

The Greatest Gizmo 211

Gwen Goodkin

Standing in the Gap 215

Toni Lepeska

An Asshole in Plain View 219

Paul Boardman

The Memorial 223

Toti O’Brien

Silence Across the Sideyards | For Diane 227

Mary Langer Thompson

Lullaby 231

Will Silverman

Whistle Down the Wind 233

Beth Rahe Balas

Attachments 237

Donna James

Authors 279

Resources 291

About the Publisher 297


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