Terry Ratner RN, BS, MFA - nurse, writer, educator - click to return home
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When we write about loss—a traumatic event, aging, a medical crisis, or death, it takes us away from our problems by cultivating a quality of absorption. We use thoughtful examination to force an awareness of ourselves, our relationship to others, and our place in the world.

Writing about loss digs deep, takes risks, but brings a greater range and depth to our artistic expression. A deep immersion into our work has a quiet and calming effect—our heart rate slows, our immune system strengthens, and we feel a general sense of wellness. By confronting our most difficult memories and translating them into a cohesive form of narrative—we begin to heal.

Read Terry's article, Art Buchwald's final interview, The 'Art' of Saying Goodbye January 2007