Needing a community space to non-verbally process my delayed grief response of my parents’ death, I recently attended a grief dancing ceremony.
Grief Dancing Ceremony
As a kid, I became the natural caretaker of my two amazing parents. My dad suddenly died from a heart attack in March of 2006 (I was 18). And my mom died from a long battle with breast cancer in December of 2008 (I was 21). It has been almost 10 years that I have been without parents in my life.
Soon after my parents’ deaths, I advanced my care-taking knowledge and skills by becoming a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. Initially I wanted to continue my 5 year long career path as a Public Health researcher, however becoming a mental health therapist seemed to be my natural next step.
I became dedicated to my successful and intensive professional path. As a result, I’ve also successfully avoided diving deep into my grief work until about a year ago.
A self-reflection poem I wrote in the midst of processing my emotional pain.
I Can Finally Feel
When I cry
I can feel the pain
And remember the memories
Of so many happy times
Because I can feel
So much pain
(I can finally feel.)
This is the second blog post in a four part series about my travels in India. This post will focus on my adventures touring India with my dude and m’lady. Click here for the first part of the series, ‘Adventures in India (1 of 4): Adjusting to Indian Culture’.
Adventures in India: Touring India
My dude and I arrived in the Delhi airport from Mumbai. We had plans to meet our third travel companion, m’lady, and continue our adventures touring India together.
Feeling overwhelmed by the recent violence in Portland, I wrote this poem to honor and remember the dream of Martin Luther King Jr.
Remember the Dream
a heart filled with hate
and eyes tunnel visioned
a brain filled with simplicities
and focused on division
This is the first of four posts about my Adventures in India. This first post will focus on my experience with adjusting to Indian Culture.
Adventures in India: Adjusting to Indian Culture
In December 2016 I traveled around India for about 3 weeks with two of my close friends, my dude and m’lady. The primary motivation for going to India was to attend our guy friend’s 4 day traditional Indian wedding. My friends and I also took this opportunity to travel to various parts of India.