“Awaken Your Senses” by Christine Cherpak


Dear Fellow Grieving Siblings,


The days are finally growing a little longer, and nature is providing us with subtle hints that spring is on the horizon. We must not be fooled though; experience has taught us that March is fickle. Interestingly, the characteristics of March make it a suitable descriptor of “grief.” Just when you think all is well, storms hits. These unexpected storms knock us down, and have the potential to cause severe damage. Without warning, we do not have stores of “rescue” items to sustain us for the days we will be in darkness: photos, films, voice recordings, poems, artwork, or candles. Our grief cuts off all forms of nourishment, and we are left weak in the wake of losing our siblings. The first thing that races through our minds is “Even after (fill in the elapsed time since the death of your sibling), I still have not learned to predict and survive the storm.”

When calmness does return and rays of hope begin to shine, we remind ourselves that time does not measure recovery, and will not protect us from the pains of missing our beloved siblings. Time may grant us the opportunity to build reserves, but it is not a shield against the fury of nature. Regardless of our apparent frailty, we grow stronger from the cleanup. In the storm’s aftermath we acquire new knowledge and skills. Nature assures us that we are survivors. Forced to journey more deeply within our souls, the colors of our inner being merge to create an even more spectacular rainbow than was previously present. And the tears from our eyes sprinkle our spirits with dew, which refreshes us with clear, oxidized air for our next breath. And so it is—our grief over the loss of our siblings is in synch with the rhythm of life.


Please let me know if you have any suggestions and/or comments. And do not hesitate to let me know if I can be of any assistance. Also, consider submitting your own work of art as a feature for one of our monthly pieces. Establishing a memorial foundation in honor of your loved one is also a work of creation. If you would like your organization to be highlighted be sure to provide us with the details!






“At the deepest level, the creative process and the healing process arise from a single source. When you are an artist, you are a healer; a wordless trust of the same mystery is the foundation of your work and its integrity.” — Dr. Rachel Naomi Remen

Discover a creative way to record the colors of your rainbow. If you do this as part of the cleanup following each storm, you will have an incredible flipbook to remind you that you are dynamic. Change indicates that your heart is beating and you are alive!