We all dance the grief shuffle

Tools for finding hope along the journey: We don’t know the steps

What is the right way to grieve? There are so many people who have lost a loved one it seems that as a society we would have it all figured out. The problem is that every relationship is different and therefore every grief is different. Grief can’t be choreographed by others, we have to stumble through learning the steps as we go.

Artwork by Tanya Lord
About the Artist

Tanya Lord was a special education teacher when Noah died. After his death she read The Institute of Medicine’s report To Err Is Human and realized that the errors responsible for her son’s death were not unique. This created a desire and determination to better understand and work towards improving health care. Currently she has completed a master’s degree in public health and a PhD in clinical and population health research and is completing a post-doctoral fellowship. Lord shares her personal and professional experiences in presentations and workshops for medical staff and students focusing on the importance of effective communication with patients before and after an error. She also is a co-founder of The Grief Toolbox (www.thegrieftoolbox.com), which offers tools to help those along the grief journey. Lord may be contacted at [email protected]