Grief’s block

After losing my mother in August of 2019, I have literally been unable to put pen to paper or hand to keyboard. When 2019 began, I had so many ideas and projects I wanted to complete in the next few years. I have novels, short stories and submissions in mind but just can’t bring myself to take the time and write.

Losing my mother put a stop to any motivation I had for anything I wanted to accomplish. My heart is simply too broken to continue. I know I am describing depression and the grieving process but if I allow myself to think of myself as depressed or grieving, I won’t see the light at the end of the tunnel.

For my sanity, I have coined a new term — Grief’s block. Grief’s block is very similar to writer’s block but instead of only blocking words and a writer’s ability to create literary masterpieces, it blocks one’s ability to do perform actions even when said person can and wants to perform. As you can see, I have cracked through my grief’s block just a little. I had to share my thoughts about grief and the new term in case someone may find it helpful.

Using the term “grief’s block” makes me feel like I’m in a temporary place. It makes me feel like I can line my grief up and knock it down like dominoes. Today I am stronger and one step closer to beating my grief’s block.

No matter what you’re going through, line it up and knock it down one by one.

9 thoughts on “Grief’s block”

  1. I am happy for you that you coined “grief’s block.” This is exactly what happened to me after my mother died. I was a student then and could not write. I would sit at the typewriter for days. I cannot remember when I was finally able to write again. I am glad you chipped away some of the block, Jennifer.

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  2. I wondered if it was something anyone else had fellt – it’s the inability to get up & go it’s a giant pause button with a longing to find play but not being able to locate it. You do normal stuff cook take care of kids work but the stuff you really want to do hides behind a curtain that’s weighted too heavy to move. Glad it’s not just me – take care one foot in front of the other. I’m hoping going through the motions of life may move the blockage.


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