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Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Alphabet of Grief

We call death a lot of names when we're grieving. As we find others who are grieving and form bonds of support, we begin to identify ourselves as a group and find names to call ourselves. 

Some of the names are deadly serious, as you might imagine, because they rise out of anger and despair. Some come from our deep gratitude for those who held us as we ranted and sobbed. Others are humorous, of the dark variety, because if we can’t laugh at death, then death wins.

This is a beginning lexicon that I’ve gathered with a few friends.     

Aubade to the Afterlife 
Banshees of Bereavement                   
CafĂ© of Broken Hearts                    
Doulas of Death                            
Evermore Wind Chimes
Fools On the Fringe 
Grief Menagerie                 
Hearts Bashed In               
Introverts United In Despair
Jiggers of Joss
Kaddish Kloggers            
Lingering on the Liminal            
Minyans of Melancholy           
Nom Noms of Despair      
Overgrievers Anonymous
Pirates on a Crazy Love Ship 
Quixotic Quotidians 
Rebels Against Silence
Sweet Soul Singers of the Saudade 
FierceTribe of After          
Ubers of Compassion
Visigoths of Solitude
Nevermore Warriors                    
Xylophones of Emotions
Lights of Yahrzeit 
Zealots for Honesty

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