death

Suzette Teaches How To Write About Death and Dying – Register!

Writing about death is intimate.  More personal than writing about sex, your bank balance, or whatever “stayed in Las Vegas.” Beginning Tuesday, October 12, 2021, I will teach a 7-week writing course for The School of American Thanatology. My classes will blend practical writing tips and guided imagery exercises toward authenticity, vulnerability, and effective writing […]

Passover and Easter symbolize release from the bondage of despair

Once upon a time, in what feels like a galaxy far, far away, faith was about love, compassion, protection, and building each other up. Those things create a quiet, personal righteousness.  But now a loud, public righteousness is fueled by anger with no room for forgiveness or redemption. Passover and Easter symbolize the power to […]

Don’t Postpone Grief: Livestreaming funerals

Grief is on pause, but it does not have to be. By necessity, funerals are sparsely attended or postponed. Currently, there are 510,777 Covid-related deaths. In 2019 a total of all deaths in the U.S. was 2,854,838. (Note: 2020 statistics are not released yet). This means millions have been unable to mourn together and to […]

Insurrection, Grief and Shadowloss

Feel what you feel for as long as it takes to process through it. The right word recognizes our deepest emotions. When I mourn, but my grief is not attached to a physical death, there is a word for it, “shadowloss.” The term was coined by Cole Imperi, founder of The School of American Thanatology, […]

John Lewis, Civil Rights Icon and U.S. Congressman: touching greatness

John Lewis, longtime U.S. congressman and civil rights icon for “good trouble,” was buried on July 30, 2020.  The Georgia legislator was legendary for his lifelong patriotic protest and dissent against inequality.  He played major roles in the Civil Rights Act and the Voting Rights Act.  I once held his hand. Few can connect the […]