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I'm Not Mad,
Just Grieving

The Social Impact Firm

What is grief really? Everyone told me it was process but all I wanted was a simple equation (or even a complicated one that could get me back to normal. Just when I thought I was getting better, out of the blue my mom’s death would hit me like a punch to the gut and send me reeling. All I would want to do is crawl into a hole and disappear. My hiding place was my bed where I would dream myself away to another world. I wanted my warm blankets to heal my pain but instead I just felt guilty for hiding or being lazy. To get through the day I would numb the parts of my feeling self, or bury my memories to avoid another eruption of pain. I thought I could navigate grief on my own, but I was wrong.

The Social Impact Firm
- Exerpt from I'm Not Mad,
Just Grieving

When I lost my mom in my early 20s, I literally thought I was going mad.

It took months and then years for the full integration of my journey through grief to finally deliver me at what I now know to be the “new normal”. But the process to get here was anything but linear or logical.

What I noticed in my healing was that the tendency to withdraw made my pain worse. I found comfort when I reached out for support. I discovered strength in places that initially scared me. And slowly I uncovered grace as I learned to live in the world without the woman who gave me life. I am not the same person I was before her death, but I am emotionally whole again.

I wrote this book to help teens and young adults navigate the long journey of grief. My hope is that they see themselves somewhere in my story and find comfort in some small or big way as they face and integrate their loss.

I am actively seeking publication to get this important tool into the hands of the families that need it. If you’re an editor or publisher interested in my story, I’d love to hear from you.

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