Patti Smith on Death

Patti Smith:  On Loss
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I search for answers from others who have suffered loss. 
The video above, I uploaded with Patti Smith talking about loss was comforting. I feel this way too about communicating and feeling those who we have loved after they have passed away.
Patti Smith\’s quote below, feels a bit brutal yet it\’s honest and direct, which I admire about her. 

Grief starts to become indulgent, and it doesn\’t serve anyone, and it\’s painful. But if you transform it into remembrance, then you\’re magnifying the person you lost and also giving something of that person to other people, so they can experience something of that person.

                                                                                                            –Patti Smith

This is what I feel I am trying to do with my writing, to share about Scott and all the people and animals who I have lost on this Earth, and who are still with me as I carry them along with me on this journey in my heart and within my spirit and soul and who I weave through out my stories here on this blog.

Published by As the Road Wanders

I am a writer and a blogger from Northern California

2 thoughts on “Patti Smith on Death

  1. I must tell you that after losing my husband in 2012, I lost my year younger sister in 2016, my two year younger brother in 2017 and my 10 year younger brother in 2019. So four deaths of close family within 7 years. Each has been a different grief, all were sad times. The lost of my husband is the one I've felt most deeply and continually. As I said the other day, not one day goes by that I don't think about him. But the deep, deep sadness has receded. I think the hardest part for me has been not having someone around to show things, the bird at the feeder, a new quilt I've made, the sunrise that is particularly beautiful, the mountains appearing near Chicken Coop road driving from Port Townsend to Sequim that never fails to make me catch my breath, the kiss on the back of my neck….all those things that you are missing with Scott now. I will always miss those things, I just don't cry every time now.Susan Sawatzky


  2. Susan, Beautiful memories, thank you so much for sharing. I believe your letter gives comfort to many and for me as well. Always love your sharing. Port Townsend is one of my favorites and was Scott's too. Much love to you;) Janet


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