“Awaken Your Senses” by Christine Cherpak


Dear Fellow Grieving Siblings,


Happy Autumn! As the crisp air blows and the days grow shorter, I hope you take a moment to observe the rich colors of the leaves and smell the earthy aroma of autumnal harvests. This is a wonderful time of year to comfort and nurture your inner child. Whether with warm apple cider, cozy blankets, or deep belly laughs, find a way to promote healing: rather than allowing the dampness of grief to settle into your bones, strive to enkindle warmth.


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! I wish you a blessed October.






October is the perfect time to cook up some Witch’s Brew. The month celebrating cob webs, ghosts, and goblins coincides with our hearts feeling RAW and torn with the loss of our loved ones. The dreariness of Halloween is a reality for us, and the once playful statement “Trick-or-Treat” does not elicit giggles or relief that something frightening was only pretend. It seems as though we have been maliciously tricked. Whatever happened to the treat? We are still waiting for the sweet promises of candy apples and costumed genies. While I doubt that making Witch’s Brew will rid you of the cob webs dwelling inside your heart, I am confident that it will prompt you on your healing journey and assist you in enjoying even just a moment of the season. May the flickering light of Jack-O-Lanterns guide your way through this month.


Witch’s Brew:

You already possess all of the ingredients. There is no specific order in which to place the ingredients in the cauldron. Close your eyes and dump every dark, repulsive feeling into the pot. Ingredients may take the form of sounds, colors, smells, tastes, textures, etc. Do not hold back; the cauldron will grow to accommodate any volume of RAW ingredients. Place the cauldron over an open flame so that it begins to bubble and steam. Do not walk away or turn your gaze! You must continue to stir and watch for the slightest change in consistency. The brew starts out lumpy and will likely let off a foul smell, but over time the contents will become smooth. To your surprise, it may even be pleasant smelling. Be vigilant this month and record the procession of your Witch’s Brew.