Hi Grief, it’s me again. This year grief hits differently as the collective experience of 2020 has been one of emotional turmoil, heavy emotions and lessons so big you can’t run away from them. Today is October 30th. The anniversary of my dear friend, Corinne Marie Craig leaving this world too soon.
Every year the month of October brings immense feelings of sorrow and grief.
Every year something new pops up…that I realize is an unhealed part of my heart.
Every year memories of Corey and this day flood back to my mind like a tidal wave.
The wave swells and breaks the morning of the anniversary
As I open my eyes and scurry out of bed to turn off the alarm on my phone.
Seeing the date October 30th on my phone screen still makes my stomach drop… 14 years later.
I have come to rely on my words today and I have been told by a lot of mutual friends they have to. I try not to let that impact what I say. Because grief is so unique. Grief is so raw…no matter how acquainted you may be. My experience of losing Corey and living and growing up with grief may be completely different than yours. Maybe you’re reading this and you never met Corey, but you identify with grief because you’ve lost someone you love who can never be replaced. Maybe you loved Corey and any piece of her memory is comforting. Either way, grief is a vulnerable topic but I need words to help me heal. I needed vulnerability to set me free. I didn’t need this pain but I have it and words seem to be the only way I can continue to carry the weight.Continue reading