cold winter sun, soaring trees
a small lone figure
for a time she stood fearless
my protector, my mother
Elizabeth Gauffreau from her book of poetry, Grief Songs: Poems of Love & Remembrance
Welcome to Tea. Toast. & Trivia.
Thank you for listening in.
I am your host, Rebecca Budd and I am looking forward to sharing this moment with you.
I am delighted that my dear friend, writer and poet, Elizabeth Gauffreau and I have come together to discuss her book of poetry, Grief Songs: Poems of Love and Remembrance. I am equally thrilled that her daughter, Sonia Elwood, has joined the conversation to share insights gained from her creative journey.
Sonia is an avid reader who enjoys various types of writing as long as it is compelling and either provides an escape or invokes an emotional response. In her 18 years of experience as a training specialist, Sonia presents new materials and information in a way that tells a story to help learners understand new concepts.
We are bringing together New Hampshire, California, and British Columbia to consider how storyteller through poetic words, offers a way to express grief and celebrate memories of loved ones who have gone on before us.
I invite you to put the kettle on and add to this conversation on Tea Toast and Trivia.
Thank you for joining Liz, Sonia, and me on Tea Toast & Trivia. Grief is a deeply personal experience, yet it is an experience all of us have in common. Perhaps Winnie the Pooh says it best: “How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard.”
Thank you, Liz, and Sonia, for sharing your profound thoughts on how grieving is a way to honour those who have gone before. And for the reminder that celebrating the love we have received will sustain us and give courage to live with joy and expectation as we move forward in our timeline.