The Shine Journal - The Light Left Behind

Journeys Through Grief and Beyond

Dear Shine Family:

As I have often said, there are many versions of loss and grief. In this issue you will experience, among other offerings, the loss of an unborn child, the  loss of a relationship  and the  loss of a certain kind of knowledge. Each writer has used their gift to come to terms with what will be no more.

In addition, the writers come from all over the planet with varied life/death experiences. No two are alike yet all share a commonality. Some tell us a bit about themselves, while others have chosen  to let their words speak for them. 

Thank you for joining this journey.




Grief is something else isn't it? It can mold and shape your ideas and perspectives. It can bend your heart and may even break it. For some, it lasts a moment in time and for others, it is never ending. None of us is a stranger to grief- but each of us experiences it differently.

Whether it be a beloved family member, a treasured animal (pet), a friend or even a job- it is a loss nonetheless. Whatever you are going through be it your own path of grief or that of someone else it takes as long as it takes.

What is your story of loss? Have you reached a place of peace? Are you struggling with coming to terms with that loss and grief?

You are not alone. Share your story here. Your words are welcome.




Contact Editor: Pamela Tyree Griffin

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Wise Words Indeed


"In my day, we didn't have self-esteem, we had self-respect, and no more of it than we had earned." ~Jane Haddam

"Self-respect is the fruit of discipline... "~Abraham J. Heschel

"Better to write for yourself and have no public, than to write for the public and have no self." ~Cyril Connolly

"The willingness to accept responsibility for one's own life is the source from which self-respect springs." ~Joan Didion

"I prefer to be true to myself, even at the hazard of incurring the ridicule of others, rather than to be false, and to incur my own abhorrence." ~Frederick Douglass

"A man can stand a lot as long as he can stand himself." ~Axel Munthe

"To free us from the expectations of others, to give us back to ourselves - there lies the great, singular power of self-respect. " ~Joan Didion

"Never esteem anything as of advantage to you that will make you break your word or lose your self-respect." ~Marcus Aurelius

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"Respect your efforts, respect yourself. Self-respect leads to self-discipline. When you have both firmly under your belt, that's real power." ~Clint Eastwood

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