Good Grief Blog: Scrapbooking the Loss of a Loved One

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Isn’t it interesting the way God times things in our lives? Giving us just what we need, just when we need it…

I recently posted this layout on my blog, about my Dad who passed away 16 years ago.

In case it’s too small to read, the journaling is simply the lyrics from “THE DANCE” by Garth Brooks:

Looking back
on the memory of
the dance we shared
beneath the stars above.
For a moment
all the world was right.
How could I have known
that you’d ever say goodbye?

And now
I’m glad I didn’t know
the way it all would end,
the way it all would go.
Our lives
are better left to chance.
I could have missed the pain
but I’d have had to miss
the dance.

It’s only the second layout I’ve been able to complete about my dad, even though I’ve been scrapping for 8 years. Doing layouts about him is such a struggle for me. The first one I did was for a Father’s Day challenge at AMR, and the second one {above} was recently done for a Book of Me challenge, also at AMR. Are we seeing a pattern? LOL I only seem to force myself on this issue…if I’m challenged. I’m one of those who didn’t really allow myself to go through the whole grieving process as I should have right after he died. So, here I am 16 years later, STILL kind of avoiding the feelings most of the time. The strange thing is that when I force myself to do these challenge layouts that involve my grief over his loss, I DO feel better afterwards. Part of that is the relief of getting some long pent-up feelings out on paper, and part of it is the encouragement, sympathy, and other heartfelt comments my fellow scrappers make about the layouts. Which I realize are the works of a mediocre scrapper, but do come from an honest place in my heart.

That said…I honestly don’t know when I would’ve done another “Dad” layout in the near future. I’m tellin’ ya’….PAIN. FULL. Full of pain. Right? And Avoidance is my middle name, baby!

Then along comes my homegirl EMILIE at the SCRAP REVIEW {love her for so many reasons; hers is one of the only blogs I make sure to read on a daily basis} to help along with some divine intervention :) She posted THIS about a new blog called GOOD GRIEF. Here is what it’s about, taken from the Good Grief blog:

We here have all experienced a loss. Together, we hope to heal. This site is intended to help in that process…to be a source of inspiration and motivation…and to simply be a place to share and know that others understand. To that end, we (the contributors) have created these scrapbook challenges. For us, scrapbooking about our lost loved ones is therapeutic on many levels. Challenges are completely open…anyone can participate and challenges are very much open to interpretation…take from them whatever helps YOU. Tackle them in whatever format suits you (layouts, mini albums, home decor, anything!). No rules…New challenges and examples will be posted on the 1st and 15th of each month. Between challenges, more in-depth looks at the contributor layouts will be posted. As this site evolves, we hope to add more content between the challenges and will look to you for ideas and suggestions.

And whaddya know? Their first challenge is….USE LYRICS. Bla-dow. DONE. Mwuh. Meant to be. Am I right? So I’m taking this as a sign: My angel, Emilie, was sent to give me the message about Good Grief. And me not being one to ignore angel messages, I will be entering my above layout in their first challenge, and plan to enter more challenges in the future.

Those Good Grief girls are just what I need. Challenge, inspiration, and the knowing of true grief. AMANDA PROBST started the blog ~ You may know her from CREATING KEEPSAKES. When I used to hang out at CKMB, she often posted and I remember when her dad died because, boy oh boy, could I relate to the feelings she was expressing. Like her, I lost my dad suddenly due to an accident, while he was in his 50s, so we are both raising children who are growing up without a Grandpa who should, mathematically speaking, still be here. Amanda was also sweet enough to join us once for Scrap Chat Hour at AMR, back when HER BOOK came out.

So, yeah, it all comes full circle, doesn’t it? I love this online scrapbooking community. It’s full of wonderful women whom I’ve never met in real life, and probably never will, yet they touch my heart in their own little way, at just the right time, with just the right inspiration. God bless them.

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9 Comments on Good Grief Blog: Scrapbooking the Loss of a Loved One

  1. Angie Palin
    August 16, 2009 at 4:20 am (5 years ago)

    awesome that you got thru is…great layout. I know it must be hard

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  2. Shermin
    August 16, 2009 at 8:10 am (5 years ago)

    Love the new challenge blog that Amanda started. It sure is therapeutic. :) Great layout as well, I love the sentimental journaling/lyrics!

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  3. Scrapbooking Ideas
    August 16, 2009 at 11:08 am (5 years ago)

    Great article! Scrapbooking is so healing in so many ways. I find it only brings good things from the universe. And what a great way to commemorate someone’s life but through song!

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  4. Amanda
    August 17, 2009 at 12:17 am (5 years ago)

    Wow. I’ve listened to this song many times but never really heard the lyrics if you kwim. These are perfect! Thanks!! So glad you found the Good Grief Blog and love that you think it’ll help!

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  5. jen
    August 19, 2009 at 9:16 am (5 years ago)

    Wow – what a beautiful tribute to your father. And that song is perfect. (((hugs)))

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  6. Abby
    August 25, 2009 at 9:04 am (5 years ago)

    This is such an amazing layout! Thank you so much for particpating in my challenge. I love your take on it and how you put your heart into it. Just wow, Erika! You should share your creations more!

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  7. CKReader
    September 5, 2009 at 5:40 pm (5 years ago)

    This layout is so beautiful. I was surprised to see that you had posted it….but I’m so very glad that you did. I wish you would post more of your work.

    Luv you,

    E.
    xxo

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  8. funerals adelaide
    October 12, 2012 at 9:06 pm (2 years ago)

    A good recovery site for those who lost there someone who truly loved and for those who are still grieving. Nice site.

    Reply

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