Reflections on the Creative Process of Grief: a CatholicTV Interview


The month of November  can seem like a somber month. Here in the Northeast the brilliant Fall colors have faded as the leaves drop to the ground. The air is decidedly cooler and the sky filled with gray clouds. Dawn is quiet as the birds move on to warmer climates.

Jerry Worster November sky Flickr Creative Commons

Jerry Worster November sky Flickr Creative Commons

In the Church, we focus our attention on our loved ones who have passed on before us. We write names in a Book of Remembrance and focus our prayer on their souls. Grief long forgotten can suddenly pierce the heart and cause a tear to fall as we pray.

Jim McIntosh Grief Flickr Creative Commons

Jim McIntosh Grief Flickr Creative Commons

At the same time, we think about our own mortality, particularly if we have more years behind us than ahead of us. It’s a time to examine our lives — where are we with our Lord?

And yet, I have come to like the month of November. Death is frightening — the ultimate mystery. And because of that, it is sacred, drawing us closer to God in every way. It is up to us if we want to be drawn that close. The fire of God’s love will purify and it will hurt. For those of us who love God, it will be pain that leads to an eternal life of joy.

ANGE URBAIN heaven_1, Flickr Creative Commons

ANGE URBAIN heaven_1, Flickr Creative Commons

That purification happens in our life on earth as well, especially through grief. It is a creative process that shapes a new life out of death and sadness, but only if we go along with what our Lord has in mind.

00-cover-drop-shadow-150-pixelsIn my book, River of Grace: Creative Passages Through Difficult Times, I share my losses and how the grief from those losses opened a path to a new and vibrant life. I offer journal questions and “Flow Lessons” (using everyday items from life to create prayerful moments) to help you work through your grief.

In this short interview on CatholicTV, I share the process of River of Grace; it’s a process that can help you too.

If you think you could benefit from this book, or if there is a friend or family member who would like it, visit Amazon to purchase copies.

I hope your month of November, though tinged with sadness, is also a time of rich blessings. God never wants to leave us empty.

copyright 2016 Susan W. Bailey


About Author

Susan Bailey is an writer, speaker and musician. She is the author of River of Grace Creative Passages Through Difficult Times, published by Ave Maria Press, and Louisa May Alcott: Illuminated by The Message, part of the Literary Portals to Prayer series published by ACTA Publications. Along with her own blogs Be As One and Louisa May Alcott is My Passion), Susan frequently contributes to and the Association of Catholic Women Bloggers. She has also contributed to and Catholic Online. Susan writes articles and a monthly column known as Be as One for the Diocese of Worcester newspaper, The Catholic Free Press. Bailey, who works as a marketing/advertising assistant for a local real estate firm, is an associate member of the Commission for Women of the Diocese of Worcester, Massachusetts, where previously she served as chair and secretary, helping to organize the biennial “Gather Us In” women’s conference, one of the first major Catholic women’s conferences in the country. As part of her duties she wrote the monthly column for The Catholic Free Press known as “Concerning Women” and appeared on CatholicTV’s “This is the Day” to promote the conference. A professional musician and graphic artist, Bailey released four CDs, performed on EWTN, CatholicTV and World Youth Day 2002, and worked as a cantor in her parish of St. Luke the Evangelist for fifteen years. She earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education (with concentrations in US History and Music) from Bridgewater State University. She and her husband, Rich, have two grown children and live in North Grafton, Massachusetts. Susan invites you to join her email list where you will receive updates on exciting professional developments and speaking engagements. Email subscribers also receive special giveaways and previews of new projects. Susan loves a good conversation and looks forward to corresponding with you! Join here.

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