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A Singular Grief: Losing a Parent While in Prison

Our most recent post on this blog, A Day In My Life in Prison, dated June 15, was written by Lori, a participant in Talk To Me – Circle. Katie Ford was the facilitator for Lori’s class.

During a classroom exercise, Katie learned that she and Lori shared a bond in the loss of a parent. Lori’s father had died just two days before. Losing a loved one under any circumstances breaks us open with grief, but the incarcerated women we serve have the added challenge of facing a loss while separated from their families and others who would be most supportive of their grieving process.

In Movement Piece No. 5, The Reunion, Katie describes her experience in class with Lori and reconnects with her own grief.

“Lori. My dad. Tuesday.” 

It is Thursday.

Her words hang in the air and, for a moment, we are all like statues. Then the woman to Lori’s right places a hand on Lori’s back and rubs a slow circle. It undoes something inside, and a sob escapes Lori before her hands can cover her mouth.

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About MaryAnn Reynolds

Offering bodywork in the Austin, Texas, area at maryannreynolds.com. Blogging about wellness at The Well: bodymindheartspirit. Serving as a volunteer editor for the Truth Be Told Community blog.

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