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Screw school pamphlets, unhelpful grief groups, and people saying “sorry for your loss.” It’s time to get real about grief. We’re in this together.

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How grief shaped my life
How grief shaped my life

We love this response from award-winning producer Jack Antonoff (who's worked with Taylor Swift, Forence and the Machine, Lana Del Rey and many more artists) when asked how grief has shaped his life:

"My sister died when I was 18, but she was sick since I was five. So it was a big part of my life.

The thing about sick people, people who are unsure how long they'll get to live, especially kids in that position, is the lack of cynicism. The obsession with creation, joy, love, family. When you might not have a lot of time on earth, you don't define yourself by the things you hate, put very simply. And so that just lives in me."

See full interview here.

My Favorite Teen Rom-Com
My Favorite Teen Rom-Com

By Sarafina, age 15

“To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before” (2018) is one of my favorite films. It’s based on the book by Jenny Han and is a teen romantic comedy on Netflix directed by Susan Johnson and written by Sofia Alvarez. It’s the first film in a trilogy, about a girl in high school named Lara Jean Song Covey, who writes secret love letters to her crushes. These letters end up causing major chaos in her life!

Lara Jean, along with her sisters, is also dealing with her mom passing away the year before. You can just see them going through all the hardships and really struggling because they want to ask their mom for advice when they don’t know what to do. I feel like it’s so relatable, especially for me (my dad died) and others who are grieving. We just want to ask our loved ones who died for help! It’s a really great movie, and I highly recommend it

Dancing in the Sky
Dancing in the Sky

by Grayson, age 16

I love "Dancing in the Sky" by Dani and Lizzy, which handles grief very well - it talks about both the sadness of missing our person and the hope that many people have, believing they are in a better place. The song is able to show how our grief can be represented by many different emotions. Dani and Lizzy wrote this song after a close friend of Lizzy's died.

"I hope you're dancing in the sky

And I hope you're singing in the angel's choir

And I hope the angels know what they have

I'll bet it's so nice up in Heaven since you arrived"

These lyrics show how the artists hope their friend is safe and have moved on to a better place. They miss their person so deeply that they can only wish that they are happy where they are now. That hope that things are at least better for your loved one is a hope I think everyone has when going through grief, simply wanted to believe that life is better now for their loved one.

"Cause here on Earth it feels like everything

Good is missing since you left

And here on Earth everything's different

There's an emptiness"

In these lyrics however, they sing about how empty they feel now that their friend is gone. They feel lost, like everything has changed. This again, is a similar feeling that people can have when grieving, where you feel like nothing can ever be the same and that you will always be missing something, or someone.


Why we still talk about them
Why we still talk about them

We love this sentiment written by @empowered_through_grief:

"I talk about him because I am the 

memory keeper of a life that exists only in my mind.

I talk about him to remember & honour

who he was and his impact in this world.

I will always talk about him because for 

me, he's still here, weaved into 

everything I am and do."

Yes, yes, yes! And if you happen to be a non-griever reading this: if you are uncomfortable when we grievers bring up our person who died, please know that we are honoring that person and our relationship with them. Please make space for this, even if makes you a little uncomforable.

“[My Dad's death] was a very difficult moment for me and somehow I just kept my head high and looked at the good of it - the time that we used to spent [together] and the education he gave me. I thought about all the things that he used to say to me like turn a negative into a positive, and here I was dealing with him in that way.”

– -Michael Jordan, basketball legend (from Blitz Sports Network interview)
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