Embracing Our Grief with Eileen Vorbach Collins

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About Embracing Our Grief with Eileen Vorbach Collins

TW: Mention of Suicide

Eileen Vorbach Collins joins the Writing Your Resilience podcast to talk about living with and writing about grief, breaking free of stigma and shame, how your structure serves your readers, and the importance of humor, even when writing about unimaginable pain.





Show Notes for Embracing Our Grief with Eileen Vorbach Collins

TW: Mention of Suicide

Eileen Vorbach Collins joins the Writing Your Resilience podcast to talk about living with and writing about grief, breaking free of stigma and shame, how your structure serves your readers, and the importance of humor, even when writing about unimaginable pain. 

Here are a few questions to ponder as you listen to this episode: Have you experienced a profound loss like death, divorce, or something else? What helped you make sense of it? What helped you learn to live with this experience? What are your thoughts on Prolonged Grief Disorder? How do you find the light in the darkest of moments? 

Eileen Vorbach Collins, a Baltimore native, has a BS degree in nursing and an MA in pastoral care. She has written extensively about child loss since her 15-year-old daughter’s suicide. Eileen’s writing has received several literary awards and two Pushcart Prize nominations. Her micro essay, “Howl and Whisper,” was nominated for Best Microfiction 2024, and her award-winning essay collection, Love in the Archives, A Patchwork of True Stories About Suicide Loss, was published in 2023 by Apprentice House Press.

Episode Highlights:

  • 2:00: How structure serves your readers
  • 10:00 Roadblocks to write the unimaginable 
  • 15:30 The importance of including humor  
  • 17:00 The problem with Prolonged Grief Disorder 
  • 25::00 Living with grief and dealing with sibling loss 
  • 33:30 Battling the stigma of suicide loss 
  • 39:00 Writing as a way to combat shame 

Resources for this episode: 

  • To learn more about the history of homosexuality and the DSM, click here
  • To read about Prolonged Grief Disorder, click here; to read about the criticisms of it, click here

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About Your Host


Lisa Cooper Ellison is an author, speaker, and trauma-informed writing coach with an Ed.S in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. She has spent the last two decades helping clients and students turn difficult experiences into art, and currently teaches courses in memoir, the psychology of writing, and the book proposal. Her essays have appeared in Huffington PostHippocampus Literary Magazine, and Kenyon Review Online, among others. 


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