"Parting is such sweet sorrow." It is with a heavy but satisfied heart that I announce today that this will be the last challenge for the Good Grief Blog. We've journeyed with you for a full year now and, just as I felt the timing to be right when I began this blog on the two year anniversary of my dad's death, I now feel that it's fitting to draw this to a close on the three year anniversary.
I want to thank each and every one of you for taking this journey with me...for mobilizing me to create these treasured layouts that I've finished with each challenge. I want to extend my fullest appreciation to the wonderful contributors who have filled this blog with inspiration. And. I want to issue one last challenge. :)
Today's challenge, one that I hope you'll take to heart and carry forward, is simply to continue. Whether that means continuing to scrapbook about your loved one or continuing to think about the challenges posted here or merely continuing to get through each day...just continue.
To help you with this challenge, here are some of our favorite layouts from the past year. I asked each contributor to tell me their personal favorite...here's what they had to say:
There was so much emotion tied to seeing her that day … and I’m glad I was able to document that. It truly was a moment I’ll never forget. Even going through my Good Grief album to look for my favorite, I stop and look at each one and feel such emotion. I’m still planning on going back and finishing the challenges I didn’t complete – I underestimated just how therapeutic participating in these challenges would be. I’m truly honored to have been included in a group of so much talent!
I think it's my favorite because it involves a lot of things I remember from both when I was younger, as I was older and memories of her with my daughter. It makes me grateful for the time I had with her but also very sad because I know my son will never know her.
Sherry: (okay, this is actually my favorite of the layouts Sherry's done...I just love the story and how it makes me feel like I really know her dad)
It's just my favorite. I wrote it the day he died and it was the beginning of the grief process for me. After I wrote those words, I knew I'd be able to deal with losing him...something about being able to sum up my feelings in a few sentences was so comforting.
Tania: (this one's my favorite of Tania's...this one, in particular, really made me think and realize that my dad was a man of few words as well...I love how she summed this up)
And, finally, my favorites. This was *really* difficult. I truly cherish each of the layouts I've completed for the challenges here. Each one has touched me in a different way. Since I made everyone else pick, though, lol, here are my favorite two:
This one just makes me smile. I'm so happy that I started this tradition and can't wait to continue it again next Christmas. Just looking at this layout makes me feel more connected to my dad and reminds me that I always will be.
This layout is simply the heart of why I started this blog in the first place. It was the most difficult to complete and the most rewarding as well. If you only do one of the challenges here, I'd recommend this one...share your feelings...SPILL IT. Trust me. :)
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Now. Before I sign off this last time, please note that I've added a couple more resources over on that page. Please check them out! If you know of others, I'm still happy to add them here, so shoot me an email. ;) Also, here are three more challenges that didn't get used but might help jump start your creativity...
- Celebrate anniversaries (document what you do to remember each year, if anything)...
- Record a favorite trip together...and,
- Use your senses (think about the scents, sounds, feel, etc of your loved one).
So. Thank you again. I really can't tell you how much this blog has meant to me. I'll be keeping the site up for at least awhile. For those who have been following these challenges and those who just now happened upon this blog, please look around at the work that's been shared here. Think about the various challenges and interpret (or reinterpret) them in your own way. Tell your loved one's story. Continue...