As a registered social work therapist, I have supported thousands of individuals and groups through grief, loss, trauma and tragedy throughout most of the last decade. However, my work took on new levels of meaning and purpose after my daughter Nora passed away unexpectedly in 2013.
I created this project to address a gap that I encountered during my own experience of grief and loss. I wanted to create what I struggled to find- something or someone that offered a true understanding of the agony and an ability to bear witness to that- yes- but also a glimpse of possibility. Hope. Vitality. I needed to find a way to construct some meaning about my daughter’s life and how that had intertwined with mine. I wanted evidence that my daughter’s life story was not going to end as a tragedy, but that it could also be a love story. An amazing, beautiful and vibrant love story, because this is how I want to world to know my daughter.
The Love & Loss Project is intended to help others heal from their own experiences of grief and loss, as I continue to heal my own. I believe that this process never reaches a final stage of completion, but instead will simply always be a part of my life. An agonizing and amazing part of my life. Which is now interwoven with yours. Thank you for sharing this with me.