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[Perspectives] No protocol for grief

Terry Tempest Williams begins her grief memoir When Women Were Birds with a story about her dying mother who said she would leave Williams all of her journals, three shelves of them, but only if Williams promised not to look at them until after she was gone. Williams waited for the first full moon after her mother’s death to open them. When she did, she discovered that every one of them was blank. She felt at that moment that she had lost her mother twice.