We Must Speak Our Grief (A Quote by Nick Cave)
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Faith, Hope and Carnage, by Nick Cave and Seán O’Hagan
0374607370I was trying to work things out by confronting the idea that my father had actually died…through [my] writing, through words. I have since come to understand that there is little headway that we can make around grief until we learn to articulate it – speak it, say it out loud, sing about it, write it down, or whatever. There is no place to speak about grief in our regular lives. It’s just not done, so we are left with these infernal abstractions that reside in the mind, and that, perhaps, unconsciously impact our behaviour. I think I wrote that essay to try to understand my own feelings of grief, to separate them from my feelings of concern for my mother. It was a belated way to acknowledge that my father’s death may have had an impact on me, and not just my mother.
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