The strength of our species’ will to live has been celebrated in stories since prehistory, often found as the subject in the visual and performing arts. But the long, extended, black, somber personal state of mourning has no outwardly communicable drama. We pay tribute, share memories, give emotional support and try to provide hope so that the grieving one can move forward: “Find closure. Put it behind you.”
My coping mechanism for handling grief is to make something. I make series of objects which serve as memorials to a loved one, mine or the sons and daughters lost in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan (see Looking Down page).
Momento Mori is for Sharon.