Death impacts everyone involved in different ways, especially family members who go through the grieving process. Baltimore native Teairha Washington found a way to express her grief and channel her emotions in a positive way. This writer had occasion to speak with Washington in an interview, which concluded Wednesday, October 28, 2015.
Teairha Washington has penned a collection of poetry entitled, ‘Growing Through Grief: A Poet’s Journey From Pain to Peace’ which will be released in December of 2015. She said the book is comprised of 10 pieces of poetry centered around grief and the healing process. She needed to write the book because she needed to channel the pain around her father’s death into something positive in a way to honor his memory.
Washington, who attended Parkville High School, is a mother of 3. She is studying nursing at Baltimore County Community College at Essex. Her active schedule did not allow much time for grieving after the death of some loved ones. She said the death of her grandmother at the age of 12 made her start writing and that her writing is often triggered by the loss of a relative due to death, or a loss of love. She further stated that her best writing happens when she is going through something or has gone through something. She can draw upon the experience and hopes that her work can help others who have gone through loss.
Next for Washington is another poetry book as well as a nonfiction book. She is unsure if the writing will become a career for her, but knows that she wants to spend the rest of her life writing. For Washington, writing is a catharsis, part of her own healing process. She challenges herself to expose herself through writing.
Washington shares, “People suffer in silence and no time is given for healing. We are told it is business as usual”. She knows exactly what she’s talking about. She moved and purchased her father’s house 30 days after his death. She did not grieve. She had picked up and moved on with her life, but had not dealt with the emotional baggage.
‘Growing Through Grief: A Poet’s Journey From Pain to Peace’, says Washington, is a way to acknowledge that and give the grieving person a sympathetic ear and let them know they are not alone. She hopes to use her book as a tool to tie people who are experiencing loss to services or resources available. She wants to get rid of the stigma for people who are grieving.
‘Growing Through Grief: A Poet’s Journey From Pain to Peace’ will be available on Amazon.com and Create Space.
Washington’s website is under construction at Teairha L. Washington.com. She can be contacted at email@example.com