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The Voicebox

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

September 2, 2021

A Mending Heart: Trouble in Paradise

It is halfway to midnight. Prince Charming starts barking fiercely. I put on my nightgown and switch on the yard light. Cinderella is running up and […]
August 13, 2021

Thriving in spite of: The Darkoom of Self-Death

Trigger warning: I am sharing about my inner conflict around my husband’s self-death. It may be upsetting for sensitive readers. Do feel free to skip this […]
July 23, 2021

Thriving in spite of: A Broken Cup

My Beloved, I broke my favourite tea mug. It was special to me. I found it at a small gift shop in Pretoria and bought my […]
July 10, 2021

Thriving, in spite of: Memories Flooding Me

My Beloved, I went to visit our girls. They both live in Pretoria now. From the moment that I stepped off the plane at OR Tambo […]
July 2, 2021

Thriving, in spite of: Folo (Fear of Losing Out)

I was an adventurer. I boldly went where women seldom went before. With my husband’s blessing, I did business in Africa in the mid-nineties. Our reliable […]
June 25, 2021

Thriving, in spite of: The chrysalis of Grief

My Beloved, your death changed everything.  In children’s stories, red cheeks are an indication of robust health.  I woke up one morning with a red rash […]
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 […]