A couple of Sundays ago, I was privileged to participate in a reading from The Widow’s Handbook, a new anthology of work by those who have experienced the loss of a partner.
When you contribute to an anthology, you have no idea about the writers with whom you’ll end up sharing space. In this case, it’s been such a thrill–wonderful writers who know how to express their experiences exactly and help you to know that this journey is one you don’t have to take alone.
Christine Thiele has continued to write about her experience in the “bestamericanpoetry” blog. Her latest blog post is about Trusting the Process, so critical both to writing and to coping with such a significant loss.
It took me a long time to trust the process–any process. When younger, I focused on results and, at some point, results are important, but the results are often so much better if you let go, let the process happen, and let the results emerge. It takes patience as well as trust, but the journey is more rewarding.