Quotes at the heart of the project:
“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” Maya Angelou
“Grief needs to be witnessed to be healed.” Elizabeth Kubler-Ross
And here are some of the books I take along to the walks. Please add your own books that are loosely connected to all forms of grief, that have helped you somehow. (I have only included links to Project websites that sell the books.)
Die Wise by Stephen Jenkinson
Beautiful writing about how grief is at the heart of being human
the Forgiveness Project edited by Marina Cantacuzino
Testimonials from victims and perpetrators of violent acts, examining themes of reconciliation and conflict transformation.
Fugitive Pieces – Anne Michaels
Beautiful novel about a child becoming a man, living with the consequences of Holocaust violence
The Son by Michel Rostain
“Dad can’t hear anything that distances him from his distress”
Turning to one another (simple conversations to restore hope to the future) – Margaret Wheatley
Margaret Wheatley talks of people being healed by their own testimony in the Truth and Reconciliation hearings in South Africa. Being healed by having the space to expression their hurt and Pain. Grief needs space and needs to have space held for it. See more on Holding space here
Good Grief by Jacqui and Andrew Parkinson
This is a very moving book which touches anyone affected by bereavement. It makes an excellent gift for someone who is past the initial months of shock and grief and is facing the pain of a future without their partner.
The book of love by Rumi
“You dance inside my chest / where no one sees you”
On grief and grieving and On death and dying by Elizabeth Kubler Ross
Earth Pathways Diary a women’s collective publishing venture resulting in a gorgeous earth-based yearly diary, open to submissions of drawings, photos and text.
Aphrodite by Isabel Allende (written and researched while grieving the death of her daughter, explores loosely the link between grief and sex)
Street Food: Urban foraging and wild food by Ceri Buckmaster (another walking / community building project in South London)