Forward we go into our unknown garden with only the certainty that we are starting anew. Now as we venture farther, preparing the soil and planting seeds let’s visualize what we want to grow. We are transformed by grief. We are a changed person and so is our garden. What will we plant in this new garden?
Find a grief support group in your area: Grief.com/grief-support-group-directory/
Here are my favorite books about death and grief:
Talking About Death Won’t Kill You by Virginia Morris
In The Slender Margin: The Intimate Strangeness of Death and Dying by Eve Joseph
Final Conversations: Helping the Living and the Dying Talk To Each Other by Maureen P. Keeley, PHD and Julie M. Yingling, PHD
The Worm at The Core: On the Role of Death in Life by Sheldon Solomon, Jeff Greenberg and Tom Pyszczynski
The Courage to Laugh: Humor Hope and Healing in the Face of Death and Dying by Allen Klein
Lonely: Learning to Live with Solitude by Emily White.
Life After Loss: The Lessons of Grief by Vamik D. Volan MD and Eliabeth Zintl
And of course I recommend Jody’s Garden, the book I created based on the research I started after my parents died that includes meditations, coloring pages, poetry, and art.
Gardens are a space for healing. With the cycle of life and death so close at hand, we have an opportunity to learn many lessons. In the garden, we can see the interconnectedness of our own life. We learn how the soil, once seen as nothing but dirt, reveals that it is teeming with life. Plants remind us the importance of self-care as we must give them just enough, but not too much, water and be on the lookout for toxins and insects that might cause harm. The beauty of flowers that only bloom once or twice a year teach us patience. When plants die we can better understand that nothing is permanent and remember to live in the present.
In this book you will find meditations, journal prompts, poetry and coloring pages. I hope you will also find a sense of peace and balance in your grief.
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