If you’ve found your way here through internet searches in hopes of finding some relief from the waves of grief after losing a child, I want to tell you how very sorry I am for your loss. Facets of Grief was born from a journey that began with one goodbye that both wrecked me and made me. I hope you will stick around and take advantage of the resources available to you here.
About Facets of Grief
You also might be wondering what are all the crystals and gemstones about. Besides being wondrous gifts from the earth, crystals are also a testament that from adversity beauty can rise, as they are formed under extreme conditions and temperatures over time.
No two crystals are the same, just as no two grievers will grieve the same, but that does not mean we do not carry similar characteristics. Jagged edges, raw cuts, radiating strength, reflecting light and love even when all we are truly feeling is split wide open, deeply wounded and forever changed.
And just as crystals are multi-faceted, so is grief. Grief is a wild and unpredictable emotion that underscores just how deeply we have loved — and lost. One day you might find yourself in a particularly hard day, and the next you will feel light again, when out of nowhere you get the wind knocked out of you or something you see or hear or smell stirs something inside like anger, frustration, anxiety, depression and on it goes.
Facets of Grief (formerly known as Choosing Your Breath) is a place to explore tools that will help you navigate your grief. At your own pace. And while grief is isolating, here you don’t have to do it alone.
About the Author/Artist
Franchesca Cox is a Certified Grief Recovery Specialist and the Founder and Editor of Still Standing Magazine, which she founded three years after the loss of her daughter. She holds a BA in Studio Art and taught art for seven years. She is currently seeking her Masters in Occupational Therapy and Yoga Teacher Certification and hopes to teach yoga classes for those dealing with loss and trauma locally once her certification is complete. She authored Celebrating Pregnancy Again in 2013 as an encouragement to mothers who find themselves expecting again after facing a loss. Her words and art have also appeared in Return to Zero’s Three Minus One, Positively Positive, HuffPost, Coffee+Crumbs, Scribbles & Crumbs, On Coming Alive, Still Standing Magazine, Because They Lived and You are the Mother of All Mothers.
Learn more about the grieving tools available to you through Facets of Grief here.