Grief and loss are some of life’s biggest challenges. Despite that, most of us don’t talk about our losses, much less share what we’ve learned. Instead, we struggle in silence. Never realizing that the person down the street is struggling with the exact same issues.
That’s why I wrote The Secret Life of Grief: A Memoir, because I couldn’t find the book I needed after my mother died. It’s also why I created the Reclaiming Yourself After Loss workshop. Because grief is a real, normal, healthy part of life. And nobody should do it alone.
I’m Tanja Pajevic—mother, writer, teacher, dancer, coffee-lover, wanna-be singer, tender and fierce-hearter navigating life’s tough transitions. I believe that kindness and empathy can solve a lot of the world’s problems, including our own.
I believe that honesty matters, and that telling it like it is is important. That laughter and connection make the world go round. And that yummy coffee, good music, salty potato chips and impromptu dance parties make it all more fun.
Above all, I believe in the transformative power of loss.
And I believe in love.