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The Voicebox

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

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 […]
October 20, 2020

Making Sense of My Grief: Death Changes Everything

I wish I could walk into the bathroom and find the toilet seat up. I wish I could open the fridge and find something other than […]
October 15, 2020

Making Sense of My Grief: Dis-connected

I had to go to the shopping mall to buy a gift for our daughter’s birthday. I search for your familiar silhouette among the people. I […]