My Best Friend’s Death — and My Own Survival — Taught Me the Vulnerability of Joy

My entry into the Medium Writers Challenge is about the single most impactful moment of my life. It’s about my journey through grief, and the sense of “foreboding joy” (as Brene Brown calls it) that has been a part of my life ever since. And of course, it’s a tribute to one of the greatest humans I’ve ever had the privilege of knowing: Terrance De’Shawn Davis the First.

Click here to read the full piece on Medium.

Published by Ellie Hunja

Ellie is a mother of two (ages 7 & 3) who's on a journey to cultivate a life of purpose, authenticity, and joy. She writes about parenting, autism awareness, mental health, faith, racial justice, and more. She believes that empathy and vulnerability can change the world, and that there is ALWAYS room for dessert.

One thought on “My Best Friend’s Death — and My Own Survival — Taught Me the Vulnerability of Joy

  1. Hey Ellie! Thanks so much for writing and sharing this. You’ve told me bits and pieces of this, but it was a gift to read more. I’m blessed and encouraged by what you shared about Terrance, your relationship with him, and how you are experiencing life and grief in light of his death. This part especially resonated with me:

    “Maybe it’s because grieving hearts so desperately want to be seen. In the wake of loss, we want to scream and rage and throw things and curse the world for daring to keep spinning, for not collapsing alongside us. And even after time has softened the ache, we yearn to make our hidden wounds visible, knowing they’re the marks of our loved ones: what they gave us in life, and what they taught us in death.”

    Thankful for you Ellie.

    Love, Steph

    Sent from my iPhone


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