From the Editor

As a former bookseller, I will, from time to time, talk about books. The path by which I find meaningful reading material can be circuitous in these virtual times. I followed a story on Instagram by a beloved writing teacher (Sonya Lea) to an article titled, “What if There’s No Such Thing as Closure?” by Pauline Boss. She offers, “six nonsequential guidelines meant to help people bear their grief: making meaning out of loss; relinquishing one’s desire to control an uncontrollable situation; recreating identity after loss; becoming accustomed to ambivalent feelings; redefining one’s relationship with whatever or whomever they’ve lost; and finding new hope.” I bought Boss’s new book, The Myth of Closure: Ambiguous Loss in a Time of Pandemic and Change (2021) the next day.

This issue begins in memory of Morry Tolmach, a man who lived a life filled with hope. In Seth Aichele’s interview with Rikki Ricard, she describes the process by which she and her husband made meaning together, even as he was dying. Likewise, in Jeff Grant’s piece, “Working Through,” a memory from childhood brings added meaning to his work with a client facing his mortality. In part two of their interview on art and therapy, Peter Hopkins and Terry Hanson go deep into the creative process, the ways in which art requires that we relinquish control, and the meaning we find in making and experiencing art.

The world is feeling feelings of actual loss, ambiguous loss, and its cousin, disenfranchised grief. We are finding our way in responding to the sheer quantity, the great variety, of loss we are facing. All this loss against a pre-existing background of the ongoing actual and ambiguous loss incurred by racism and climate change, realities Boss also embraces. This book has already helped me enter this year with new hope, and with more meaning. Happy New Year.

Dana Gaskin Wenig

CORRelations Editor

Categories: From the EditorPublished On: January 1st, 2022Tags: