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The Voicebox

Blogs for people who lost their voice during their journey with illness and death.

June 18, 2021

Thriving, in spite of: The spill-over of grief

𝗧𝗛𝗥𝗜𝗩𝗜𝗡𝗚, 𝗜𝗡 𝗦𝗣𝗜𝗧𝗘 𝗢𝗙… 𝗧𝗛𝗘 𝗦𝗣𝗜𝗟𝗟-𝗢𝗩𝗘𝗥 𝗢𝗙 𝗚𝗥𝗜𝗘𝗙   Beloved, I made myself some soup to warm me in the chill of winter. When I switched […]
May 31, 2021

Thriving, in spite of: The sorrow of your death

My Beloved, your life on earth ended on the 30th of May 2020.  It did not end our relationship. I am panning for gold in the endless sorrow-sands […]
November 18, 2020

Making Sense of My Grief: Planning to be Happy

My daughter asks me: “What are your plans for next year, Mum?” I look at her and say: “I plan to be happy.” I believe happiness […]
November 13, 2020

Making Sense of My Grief: The End of an Era

Dr Miles Munroe said: “The value of life is not in its duration, but in its donation. You are not important because of how long you […]
November 11, 2020

Making Sense of My Grief: Dislocated

I stand in front of the electricity distribution board. There are two switches for the geyser. I do not know in what order to push them […]
November 6, 2020

Making Sense of My Grief: Alone, Not Lonely

My friend Melanie sends a message to say that she is in Cape Town for one day. We arrange to meet for dinner. She is well […]
November 3, 2020

Making Sense Of My Grief: Enter Into My Rest

I was birthed into a family of six children. It was a ‘his children’, ‘her children’ and ‘our children’ family. My father’s first wife died and […]
October 29, 2020

Making Sense of My Grief: The Duet of Sorrow and Joy

My mother conducted the church choir. Sometimes she would feel frustrated when they learnt a new piece of music and not everyone could master it to […]
October 23, 2020

Making Sense of My Grief: A Generational Blessing

Birthdays were always a big celebration in our family. Members of the family would gather quietly before the closed door of the one who had another […]