It’s safe to say that Grief: A Life in 5 Stages was born from grief.

After a fairly tumultuous year in 2013, I was struggling to find myself and my voice again. Recently separated and dealing with my mother’s long-term battle with Alzheimer’s, I constantly felt raw. It was hard to pinpoint my emotions, especially because they always seemed to be shifting. It took some time to really understand that I was ebbing and flowing through the stages of grief regarding these things. Stages of Grief, I thought to myself, but nobody’s died… 

It was then I realized that Grief is not just reserved for dealing with death–there are so many difficult and painful transitions and transformations that we are constantly going through, learning from, trying to understand. And in reality, each one of us is constantly ebbing through this cycle–whether it’s anger or depression or the acceptance of whatever our current situation is.

Grief is a print and online lit mag featuring works centered around Kübler-Ross’s five stages of grief: denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance, as interpreted by the author or artist.

Grief features original works of poetry, fiction, non-fiction, essay, photography, and art. The print edition of Volume 1 debuted at Philly ‘Zine Fest in 2013 and included works from contributors from around the globe.

Volume 2 was funded completely by our generous Kickstarter backers and went to print in December 2014.