Katy Hardy-Ward lost her mother when she was 13. Her tremendous wisdom and sincerity about her grief has opened a path and passion for her to learn more about death and dying and helping others across the world deal with loss. She sent me some imagery for Grieveyard a while ago, including one of her own paintings Osiris, Egyptian God of the Underworld.
"I grew up loving and admiring the great woman my mother was. When she died, I was 13. I was devastated. I no longer had anyone to talk to, no one who understood me so well. My grief was very strong, for I dropped out of school, and for about 3 years, I felt like dying. Like giving up. But I knew that was not what I wanted and certainly not what my mom would have wanted. So, very slowly, it seemed, I pulled myself out of the mire of my grief, and went on with my life. I got my GED when I was 16 in 1 term, and now I am in school for Shamanism, which plays a large part in death in many cultures across the world, such as crossing the desceased, and helping grieving people deal with their sadness and sense of loss in a healthy manner, and much, much more. My goal in life is to travel the world, learn all I can about Shamanism, and live in a cob house community village and to be happy and healthy. In my opinion, death is not about destruction and gloom and giving up, at least not anymore. Now, it is about learning things about yourself, learning to overcome huge obstacles, and especially it is about new beginnings. Another chance at life, a fresh start."
Images: Hella- Norse Goddess of the Underworld, Anubis - Egyptian God of the Dead, Osiris - Egyptian God of the Underworld