In time, we all become men of sorrow, women of sorrow, people of sorrow. John Claypool echoed this truth in the preface to his book Tracks of a Fellow Struggler, and it is a bitter truth indeed.
In the passing of youth, the loss of love or health, the flight of safety, the death of our beloved—sorrow comes.
This collection of photos, poetry, and memoir presents the words and works with which I expressed my own painful sadness, my rage, and my sense of profound loss when my mother died. I share my experiences in memory of her and in the hope that by joining the company of others who mourn on the printed page, I will find for myself and offer to you some small degree of solace.
". . . this work is inspired! The poetry is beautiful, and coupled with the images, it is wrenchingly emotional . . . Anyone who has lost a mother or a father with whom they shared a special bond, anyone dealing with a devastating loss, will be blessed and comforted by Journey into Grief." —John Earle
About the Author
J.M. Ney-Grimm lives with her husband and children in Virginia, just east of the Blue Ridge Mountains. She enjoys writing poetry and pairing her poems with photos to create echoes between the two. She also writes stories inspired by myth, legend, and fairy tale. She swims for the meditative joy of it, and lifts weights to keep her body strong. The rest of the time she reads Robin McKinley, Diana Wynne Jones, T. Kingfisher, and Lois McMaster Bujold, plays boardgames like Settlers of Catan, rears her twins, and debunks popular myths about food.
Look for her poetry, novels, and memoirs at your favorite bookstore—online or on Main Street.
J.M. Ney-Grimm maintains a blog featuring history, maps, magic, and cultural riches from her fiction, as well as the occasional poem, photo, and other tidbits unearthed by her ever-active curiosity.