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Welcome ICLW’ers: The Thankful Edition

November 19, 2010

Hosting guests for Thanksgiving dinner and guests from International Comment Leaving Week (ICLW) in the same week … what was I thinking?!  The crazier, the merrier? Yes! Welcome, everyone!

Really, I’m soooo glad you’re here. You’ve come to visit during my month dedicated to thankfulness, during which I, along with my readers, have been sharing snippets of what we’re grateful for. So far, I’ve barely scratched the surface. There’s so much in my life to appreciate. If you’d like to join in the fun, please feel free to offer up your thanks to be published in this space.

For those of you visiting this little corner of the world for the first time … Hi, I’m Michelle. My most prominent roles at the moment are as life coach to clients who constantly blow me away, daughter to two of the most generous people I know, wife to a man whose heart touches mine, and mom to two equally sweet, amazing boys, each with a unique set of gifts.

For those of you here for a return visit, welcome back!

What is “Grief, Interrupted,” anyway?

(This part may look familiar if you read my welcome message last month.)

This space covers a wide range of topics, (almost) all related to recognizing and honoring all kinds of grief, loss and transitions.

Grief, Interrupted is about grief that gets interrupted by societal pressure NOT to grieve. Or not grieve for too long, lest we make anyone feel uncomfortable. And Grief, Interrupted is about losses that we might not traditionally think to honor as a grief process: job loss, caring for an aging parent, loving and living with a child with special needs. And many other topics to come.

Grief, Interrupted, too, honors the depth of grief we experience when we lose someone we love. A parent, a spouse, a sibling, a pregnancy. A child.

Grief, Interrupted is about my own grief and gratitude, too. Mostly as the mom of a child with a mystery genetic syndrome, as the sister of a boy who died in a car accident.

And while Grief, Interrupted is about honoring all these losses,  it’s about shifting, learning and growing in their wake. It’s about finding those moments when we can interrupt our own deep grief to find gratitude and to deepen our relationships with ourselves, with those we love, and with the wider world around us.

ICLW’ers and other friends, I welcome your thoughts and reflections here and look forward to visiting with you.

With warmth and gratitude,


From → Grief / Loss

  1. I’m thankful for the wonderful community of bloggers I’ve found this past year and without whom I would’ve struggled even harder to get through some of the darker moments of grief.

    Thank you for your sweet comment on my blog 🙂 and happy ICLW!

  2. “Grief, Interrupted”. What a great idea. You’re so right about societal pressure not to grieve. I don’t understand this. Everyone has cause to grieve at times. Why can’t we support each other in this? When I lost my two baby boys, I definitely got the impression from many people around me that I was not allowed to be sad. That it wouldn’t be tolerated. That if I dared be sad for more than two weeks, I would be ostracized. So I’m thankful that I found a wonderful supportive community of bloggers!

    • Michelle Buzgon permalink

      Annie, I’m sorry for your losses, and I’m so sorry that you had to experience the added insult of people’s discomfort with your grief. What a testament to the blogging community that you found the support you needed there.

  3. I love that you dedicated the entire month to being thankful. It is so important and yet so difficult especially when dealing with IF! THANK YOU!

  4. I love what you said about shifting and learning, and growing in our places of grief–so true…..There is no better option for ourselves and those we love–life does continue to plow forward even when someone dies doesn’t it? Thank you for taking the time to comment on my blog–yours looks great–glad to have found you! So sorry for the loss of your brother. Blessings!
    Hope (

  5. noguruholdsme permalink

    Hello via ICLW …

    I love the premise of your blog, and will subscribe. My best friend / on-off boyfriend / housemate [it’s a little complicated] is a young widower. I lost my childhood best friend to suicide, never realising until I was older the true impact his death had on me.

    Also get what you mean about other forms of grief, and growing and learning from all of them. I did that when my son was diagnosed with autism five years ago, but have grown from that and no longer grieve. I am grateful for and celebrate him as he is.

    Your blog is so wonderful, glad I joined up with ICLW – there are so many lovely, strong, decent people out there 🙂

    All the best to you.


  6. I have a child, too, with genetic issues. Well, two… I guess… my 8 year old has extra chromosome in some of his cells, my 3 year old has a type of dwarfism… I hope that you have a very very wonderful Thanksgiving 🙂 ~*~HAPPY ICLW!!~*~

  7. I am in love with your blog! I have been struggling with grief after losing my sister in May of this year, and I have been searching for somewhere to go where grief is understood. You have provided that “safe” space for me, and I can’t wait to keep coming back! XO Happy Thanksgiving & ICLW!

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