Ending of Another Kind
By Marcia Thornton Jones
"Sorrow is heavy, hard work. It stalls all your systems in order to force you toward a very, very painful task: coping with loss…loss is hard for us, and healing from it takes a lot of energy. A big loss may require so much energy that our essential selves shut down every possible function.”
(pages 182-183: FINDING YOUR NORTH STAR by Martha Beck)
There are many types of endings. The end of a story, end of summer, end of an era. The end of childhood, end of innocence, end of a relationship. The end of a life.
Some endings are harder than others. The really tough endings involve losses that leave empty spaces in our lives and hearts. Those endings result in profound and often paralyzing grief.
CoCo-Mo was a member of my family. She was my companion, friend, sidekick, and muse for more than 15 years.
CoCo was the inspiration for the cat characters of “Cocomo” in the Ghostville Elementary series, “Mo” in the Keyholder series, and “Echo” in my midgrade novel WOODFORD BRAVE.
Two nights ago, as I held her,
CoCo’s life ended.
So my question is: how do you summon creative energy to write through paralyzing grief?