Saturday, March 03, 2007

Calling All Angels

"No tears in the writer, no tears in the reader." - Robert Frost

As many of you know, my beloved niece Jamey Ax, passed away on February 6, 2007. She was 24. It's no wonder I was having trouble writing last month! Jamey was at the end of her journey and my entire family was deep in the throes of pre-grief. But anticipatory sadness did not diminish the pain I felt when I heard the words, "She's gone."

I'm letting myself grieve. I continue working on the book and reading for school, but I'm also doing lots of pure undirected writing practice as well as spending time with Jamey's mother, other family members, and alone. Just like writing, grieving is a process. It will take its natural course whether I want it to or not.

I hope when something devastating happens in your life that you will allow yourself the time it takes to heal. Life slows down when we're in pain. As a writer, I pay attention, take notes, and let time do its work.

Thanks for your compassion - now, and always.

Nita (calling all angels) Sweeney
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Kat said...

Hi Nita,
I found your blog through the Goddard grapevine & have been silently appreciating your insights. Now I feel like I should come out of the woodwork and say, thanks for all that you write & I'm sending you my best in this hard time. I'm so sorry to hear about your neice. This morning I was reading Julia Cameron's "The Sound of Paper." I'm sure you have many resources at your disposal, but it's another great book for when one needs encouragement.
Blessings, Kat Good-Schiff

Anonymouse said...

Are you the Kat I know from Ohio? Either way - thanks for the kind words. We're managing.

Kat said...

No, I'm not connected to Ohio in any way. I live in MA and I'm a G2 at Goddard-Plainfield. I'm working on the Pitkin as well. I started reading your blog b/c of shared love of Natalie Goldberg. Although I read more Julia Cameron these days, Goldberg got me started as a teenager! I guess we won't meet up at a residency but I had to say hi anyway. Take care.

Anonymouse said...

Thanks Kat. I'm working on Pitkin too. Happy reading/writing/living.