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The Voicebox

Blogs for people who lost their voice during their journey with illness

July 17, 2020

MAKING SENSE OF MY GRIEF: My suffering is my shaping

I once counselled a friend and encouraged her to look at her pain from a different angle. “Could you view it as an opportunity for growth?” […]
July 16, 2020

MAKING SENSE OF MY GRIEF: Bargaining with God

In April 2018 I organised a workshop with the title, ‘Disappointment: disaster, detour or new destination’. My English teacher would have been proud of the beautiful […]
July 14, 2020

MAKING SENSE OF MY GRIEF: André’s only blog

We often spoke about the vulnerability that is required when you choose to speak up about your journey with depression. It still carries a stigma.  Something […]
July 13, 2020

MAKING SENSE OF MY GRIEF: The energy to embrace change

In the nineties we attended a conference where Dr Miles Munroe was the guest speaker. He left an indelible imprint on my life with a story […]
July 10, 2020

MAKING SENSE OF MY GRIEF: To my wise guy, from your funny girl

You did not favour public displays of affection. In the last three years you have become so withdrawn that I, on occasion, did something drastic to […]
July 9, 2020

MAKING SENSE OF MY GRIEF: Waging war with death

I want to run into the arena with a big gladiator sword and take on this beast of death. Grab it by its horns in a […]
July 8, 2020

MAKING SENSE OF MY GRIEF: Faith that my mess will become my message

I love paintings. Art with a message that acts as a declaration. Like this beautiful one of my friend Helena van der Nest. At the moment, […]
July 7, 2020

MAKING SENSE OF MY GRIEF: Your guitar is quiet now

Before I was your girlfriend, you fell in love with a guitar. You were a devoted lover and spent three hours a day practising scales, techniques […]
July 6, 2020

MAKING SENSE OF MY GRIEF: To have and to hold until death do us part

Few things ever match the excitement of getting married. The joy of the engagement – finding your soulmate with whom you want to spend your life. […]