The RememberGrams Blog is a place for you to come and find understanding, validation, and a sense of community while you navigate loss. Whether you are deep in grief from a recent loss, years out from a loss that affected you deeply, or just wanting to support a friend as they walk their own path, I hope you can find something useful here.
Absolutely nothing makes me (or anyone else) the expert on your grief or grief in general. Loss is personal, and so is our response.
My name is Mandy, and this writing reflects my own experiences with grief, loss, coping, and healing. My mom died suddenly a few days after my 26th birthday, and her death was a lesson and journey into the darkest places of my heart. Climbing out of that was a transformation from who I was before her death to who I became after. Eight years later, my youngest brother died suddenly from an accidental drug overdose at 23. The experiences of losing them have shaped me in ways I have only begun to untangle. Each loss was painfully similar in some ways and entirely different in others.
Every topic I write about here comes from my own lens of lived experiences, and I invite you to take with you what resonates and leave what does not serve you. You have your own story to dig deep into as you become the expert of your own grief.