I read a post on a children’s grief website the other day that asked if anyone knew an appropriate memorial gift or product. Yes, I thought: the gift of story.
I thought about this over a couple of days because the first days of loss are different than a few weeks later. I thought about everything I’ve come across – clinical, academic, experiential, personal, and anecdotes from bereaved – on the early days of loss and grief. I realized there are recurring themes: the need to not feel alone; the role of memories which can be bittersweet, yet comforting; and, how the blur of shock can render time and thoughts invisible or forgotten.