“For while the tale of how we suffer, and how we are delighted, and how we may triumph is never new, it always must be heard. There isn’t any other tale to tell, it’s the only light we’ve got in all this darkness.” -James Baldwin (Sonny’s Blues)
We have all experienced some level of grief. Whether you’re navigating the physical loss of a parent, child, have had your heartbroken by a partner, moved to a new city and have yet to build a community, are mourning the absence of a tradition or routine etc., we know that grief looks different for everyone. Regardless of the circumstance, we know that it holds a ton of gravity.
Read the sometimes turbulent but also triumphant stories of Black women about grief and healing here. At the end of each interview and story, learn about a self-care regime created by the woman being featured. Let this inspire you to develop your own specific healing ritual to support you in navigating grief.
The intention here, is to humanize our experiences and to be reminded that we aren’t alone in our healing.
Some of us didn’t even know what healing and self-care looked like or, we didn’t until a woman gave us a model, a recipe.
Some of the recipes may include poetry books and literature to read, words of affirmations, routines. Others may include the ingredients for an amazing sugar scrub or bath salt. The aim here is to share stories, rituals, and resources that will inspire physical, mental, or spiritual/emotional wellness wherever you are in your journey.
Like our mamas and nem say once they’ve gotten over, “Been there. Done that.” You’ll get there. We’ll get there. And we’ll be able to say, we’ve done that.