The Crafting of Grief

Lorraine’s latest book The Crafting of Grief focuses on conversations that help people chart their own path through grief, supporting people by helping them craft their own responses to bereavement rather than trying to squeeze experiences into a model.

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Keeping Relationships Alive

When a person dies, the bereaved are often tragically encouraged to say “goodbye” and complete unfinished business. Remembering practices aim to keep relationships alive by drawing on practices of story-telling, narrative legacy and rituals. Using these stories and rituals, relationships can develop new qualities following the death of a loved one. Grief becomes an evolving and creative opportunity for story development and change, rather than an unpleasant task to be worked through as quickly possible.

Supporting the Continuation of the Life of Stories

Remembering practices support the continuation of the life of stories rather than dwelling on the finality of death. When we understand that a relationship continues long after a person has died, we can appreciate how death provides opportunities for the telling loving stories that can be formed to construct future memories and guide our way through painful life transitions that often comes with the death of a loved one. We can employ the power of story to transcend physical mortality to promote the remembering of lives and the importance of maintaining connections.

Speaking Engagements

Lorraine constructs conversations around grief using innovative ideas that challenge prescriptive notions found in conventional grief psychology. She speaks to a variety of audiences and individuals at every stage of the grieving process.

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Introducing the Dead to New People in Our Lives

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My Grandmother is always with me. She is one of my best friends. Even though she died long before I was born, she has always been an important person in my life. My Grandmother loved the beauty of nature. I remember this every time I see a rainbow or a colorful sunset… My Grandmother is…

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The Fabula Center

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At The Fabula Center, we work with the raw material of stories and weave them into narratives that are life, and love affirming. For those who are living with grief, memories are connected together to create stories to honor ongoing connections, rather than insisting on separation from dead loved ones. We support and help people to find their way moving forward, with the love and stories of their loved one along side of them, inspiring and guiding to put one foot in front of the other.

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