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Why write a memoir about grief…other than the run of the mill, burning (irritating!) drive to write. Is it enough to say, “We want to…? We just do.”

Here we are in our third episode. Writers Rachel Thompson and Meli Walker ask themselves: why write a grief memoir? Why do we want to write at all? We go way way back to early life. Rachel talks about her teenage writing life and Meli shares memories of her childhood stories. At the end of the episode, Rachel has a challenge for you.

In this episode, we mention residential schools, which were part of the genocide of Indigenous people on Turtle Island. Meli said she would fact-check when the last residential school closed in “Canada”. It was 1996.
Here are some cultural resources:

  • Indian Residential School Survivors and Family: Phone 1-800-721-0066 or 604-985-4464 and
  • First Nations and Inuit Hope for Wellness Help Line: Phone toll-free 1-855-242-3310 or chat online at

One extra warning: this episode has some cursing, so headphones may be a good idea here.

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