Grieving and Mourning: What’s the Difference?

Alison Acheson
4 min readApr 26, 2020
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For most of my life I have used the words “grief” and “mourning” as if they are interchangeable. It wasn’t until my spouse passed away, after I’d read some books and some necessary poetry, that I came to know that each of these words has its own strength. Grief is that feeling that brings you to a place of sitting on your floor in a corner, sobbing, snotty-nosed as a child. Anguish is a word I associate with…

Alison Acheson

My latest book is a memoir, Dance Me to the End: Ten Months and Ten Days With ALS. My newsletter is on Substack: THE UNSCHOOL FOR WRITERS.