My dear Five Minute Friday crew,

I wrote something for you.

It’s a collection of Letters to Grief.

 

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You can snag a copy right over here, and if you click over before the end of Friday, December 5th, it can be yours for FREE!

I wrote it because some people think grief is a process.

I disagree.

Grief is not something we get through, at least not in this lifetime. It’s cyclical, like the moon, waxing and waning.

 

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Image by Katie Reid, echoesofmyheart.com, Twitter: @ImprintsKatie

Ebbing and flowing like the tide. It’s always there.

 

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Image by Katie Reid, echoesofmyheart.com, Twitter: @ImprintsKatie

 

I wrote it for all of you who have known grief as a close companion, an intimate friend. A shadow.

I wrote it for those of you who have not yet experienced its acute pangs, but have watched people cringe with the weight of its burden.

I wrote it not to dictate how people feel or should feel, but to open a discussion about grief’s all-consuming and ever-changing nature. Its paradoxes and its unexpected qualities.

 

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Image by Katie Reid, echoesofmyheart.com, Twitter: @ImprintsKatie

 

I hope it will bless you. Most of all, I pray that it will show you hope.

 

This week’s Five Minute Friday prompt is DEAR.

If you don’t know what Five Minute Friday is, click here. Then set a timer for five minutes, and let’s write!

Ready? GO.

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Dear Grief,

You are a fickle creature. Moody and temperamental.

You’re a chameleon, changing shades to match your surroundings. You refuse to be bottled up and contained. Labeled and understood.

You flow with a current of your own making, pulling with a strong undertow that threatens to drown me.

You push into my house uninvited. You sit down at the kitchen table and declare yourself part of the family. I bristle at first, your presence provoking anger. Then I realize you’re not going anywhere.

You’re here to stay.

I resign, and sit with you on the front porch swing. Together we rock back and forth as we watch the sun melt into the horizon.

And we wait.

 

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Image by Katie Reid, echoesofmyheart.com, Twitter: @ImprintsKatie

 

Sometimes you’re a pounding downpour, and I want to run from you — to escape to dry shelter and not be touched by you. Other times you’re the gentle patter that lulls me to sleep at night, soothing and almost unnoticed.

 

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Image by Katie Reid, echoesofmyheart.com, Twitter: @ImprintsKatie

 

You overwhelm, but only for a night.

Morning is coming, and its light will cause you to shrink away into the shadows and disappear forever, never to be seen again.

STOP.

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Image by Katie Reid, echoesofmyheart.com, Twitter: @ImprintsKatie
Image by Katie Reid, echoesofmyheart.com, Twitter: @ImprintsKatie

The e-book, Letters to Grief, can be yours for FREE through Friday, December 5th on Kindle, and for $0.99 thereafter.

And psst … if you don’t have a Kindle, don’t despair! I don’t either, but there’s this really cool (and free) thing called the Kindle reading app, which you can get on pretty much any device (iPhone, Android, iPad, PC, Mac)! Click here to learn more about getting the free Kindle app if you don’t have it (or a Kindle) already!

Also, huge shout out and tons of gratitude to our very own Five Minute Friday sister Katie Reid for the gorgeous graphics she designed for this book launch, and to Dan King over at Fistbump Media for making the e-book a reality! Also, it was so much fun to include quotes in this book from fellow Five Minute Friday writers Meredith Bernard, Karen Brown, Alia Joy and Lisa-Jo Baker! Thank you ladies, for your role in this project!

To God be the glory.

Link up your own five minutes on the word DEAR either by clicking the inLinkz button, or by sharing your words in the comments!

 

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39 thoughts on “five minute friday :: dear (and an e-book for you!)

  1. Kate I’m LOVING your book. Thank you for sharing so candidly about your journey with grief. Your imagery is simply breathtaking. I haven’t had such a close encounter with grief as you have, but I know my time is coming. Still, it’s a blessing to read your perspective beforehand. Such a sweet gift, friend!

  2. I cannot wait to read this book. I have had my own journey with grief with my mom’s struggle with a mental illness. I am sure that your words and book will be a gift to me. Thank You!

  3. Kate – I found myself up late another night this week and I noticed your earlier post. I was giddy as I downloaded your book! I have not had the time to start reading yet, but I seriously can’t wait! Thank you for writing on this topic friend. No doubt it will touch so many. You. Inspire. Me. Thank you!

  4. I couldn’t get the InLinkz linky to work in Firefox, but just had some success in Safari. See you over in my other browser! (Silly computer)… x

  5. Kate, I’m so excited for the release of your ebook! What a blessing to us, and hopefully to you! Your heart is right there in it, sweet friend. Praying for you through this release! 😀 And of course celebrating too!

  6. Kate- This is such a powerful letter to grief. This part stopped me in my tracks: “Sometimes you’re a pounding downpour, and I want to run from you — to escape to dry shelter and not be touched by you. Other times you’re the gentle patter that lulls me to sleep at night, soothing and almost unnoticed.”

    And I’m so happy for you in the release of this fantastic book. Many blessings to you through it!

    • Hi Traci! Thank you for your interest! Are you able to get the free Kindle reading app on one of your devices? I don’t have a Kindle, but use the Kindle app on my computer and can download and read Kindle products on my laptop. Let me know if you’re not able to do so, and we’ll see if we can make a plan. 🙂 (With the current agreement I have with Amazon, the product is available exclusively from Kindle for the first 90 days.)

  7. WOW! I always just look at the word and then write my post. I had no idea you were discussing grief. My letter is written in the midst of grief. Thank you for this today, somedays it is good to face the feelings.

  8. thank you. My mother died in May. I am just now claiming time to grieve. Life rushed too fast to allow me to before now. But now, now, I am entering that process … cyclical … whatever it is.

  9. Kate, I haven’t done FMF since you took it over. Busy season of life and all. But I saw the prompt today and started writing and then what I wrote so perfectly coincided with yours. Grief is obviously heavy on many hearts right now. I’m so glad you put your pen to paper and drew it out. Blessings. (and thanks for welcoming me back)!

  10. Kate,
    I loved your post and thank you for the book. I read the beginning and found that you and I share that our grief for a loved one began with the illness. First it was my grandfather … we grieved the loss of who he was 3 years before his death … and now, my husband was diagnosed with lung cancer 15 months ago. He is doing well … but there’s been a grieving in me … a wholly different understand of mortality that is raw and alive; I look forward to delving into your experience and hope it is able to assist me on this journey of ours here in Hutchland.
    Thank you. Very much. Blessings,
    Andrea

  11. Thank you for making the book available – I am looking forward to reading it.

    I don’t have a problem with grief; I’m on the other end of the spectrum, in which severe combat trauma has left me so hardened that grief is essentially meaningless. Bad things happen; deal with it.

    However…I’m self-aware enough to know that this is a shield protecting me from something within, a grief so massive that I’m terrified of it.

    So I’d best start reading.

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