The Grief Counsellor

Copyright Alicia Jamtaas

“Just clear it, goddammit,” she hisses, between clenched teeth.

“What all of it?”

“Bin it, burn it, what the f*** do I care?”

You do care, Mrs G.  So much that you want to supplant the pain of loss with some other kind of pain.

I load their memories onto the truck, money is exchanged, our respective doors are slammed.

I rent a special lock-up for these cases.   Fifty bucks a month, but worth the buzz. 

Because it usually is just the month.

And here she comes right now.

“Nah, everything’s still here, Mrs G, trade’s slack right now.”

After a momentous week things are getting back to normal here… for most of us. Thanks to Rochelle for her leadership of Friday Fictioneers.

About Sandra

I used to cruise the French waterways with my husband four or five months a year, and wrote fiction and poetry. Now I live on the beautiful Dorset coast, enjoying the luxury of being able to have a cat, cultivating an extensive garden and getting involved in the community. I still write fiction, but only when the spirit moves me - which isn't as often as before. I love animals, F1 motor racing, French bread and my husband, though not necessarily in that order.
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27 Responses to The Grief Counsellor

  1. neilmacdon says:

    I specially liked the reflection in “You do care, Mrs G”


  2. Reena Saxena says:

    I recall my sister-in-law throw away all the Feng-shui stuff after my brother passed away at 40. He used to moonlight as a feng-shui counselor.


  3. One should always think twice before parting with momentos, rarely do we have the opportunity to recover them.


  4. granonine says:

    Truth is, those things we think we need to toss are often the best connection to the loved one we lost. Best advice is to make no BIG decisions until a full year has passed.


  5. elmowrites says:

    Aw, what a nice character he is. I admit the first few lines took me a couple of readings to get what was happening, but it was worth the effort.


  6. Iain Kelly says:

    A similar theme with a different outcome to my story this week. And a very wise counsellor. Nicely done.


  7. Tannille says:

    Hoarding is a deep seeded psychological issue. Many of us forget it’s just stuff.


  8. Bear says:

    I was told not to dispose of things for a year after someone’s death. I wish I’d followed that advice. There are some things that I’d wished I’d kept. Great story.


  9. Bill says:

    Such times. Nicely done, Sandra. 🙂


  10. plaridel says:

    she’s venting, i suppose, as part of the grieving process.


  11. Dale says:

    This is just so damn real, Sandra! We want to banish the pain only to realise after that, that is not what needs to be done. Not right away, anyway. You are such a marvellous writer!


  12. Dear Sandra,

    Perceptive gentleman that. What’s done in the heat of the moment is often regretted later. Well done as always.




  13. Nobbinmaug says:

    I knew a guy whose wife donated a bunch of his stuff. He didn’t even know it, but saw his stuff at the second-hand store and bought it all back.


  14. He’s a very intuitive soul. So glad Mrs. G was able to recover her things once she had time to re-consider. I saw in your comment to Linda about the ‘holding area’ and really like that idea. Lovely story!


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