The Grief Diaries is an online magazine publishing art and writing to contribute to a greater understanding of grief—how it looks, how it sounds, how it feels. The magazine aims to offer a safe space for artists to explore various forms of loss across all genres and media, and to use artistic expression to challenge the idea that grief must be a private act.
TGD was created after founder Kristi DiLallo posted an anonymous Craigslist ad asking a single question: what does your grief look like? The responses came in the form of poems, paintings, letters, and songs; they were private and personal, like anonymous diary entries that no one else would ever see. The artists behind the responses did not focus solely on the experience of mourning the loss of a loved one, but their ideas of what it means to grieve moved far beyond the traditional. Many of the artists confessed to being ashamed of and embarrassed by their grief, explaining that creating art in private was the safest way for them to grieve.
Now in our third year, we have published more than 200 contributors and fostered a unique community where grieving out loud is always encouraged. Our all-women editorial board aims to publish work by and for communities who are often underrepresented in the arts—women, artists of color, members of the LGBTQ community, persons with disabilities, etc. In addition to publishing a quarterly magazine, we also host weekly creative writing workshops on the theme of grief that are free and open to the public. The purpose of our workshops is to provide members of our community with the opportunity to read literature about various forms of loss, as well as create their own original works around this theme in a safe and constructive environment.