Oct 19, 2020
Morgan Michele Brown shares how the grief and anger following the sudden death of her mother in 2012, motivated a new curiosity about life and death, a desire to seek solutions and answers, and new ventures that now provide others with creative outlets for processing their own experiences with death and loss.
Interview with Morgan Michele Brown
Morgan Michele Brown is a writer, storyteller, photographer, and artist asking people to step into vulnerable spaces around connection, death, and the human experience. She’s been featured on KQED radio, the Women on the Road Podcast, and in Stories of Life-Changing Adventures on the Road and in the Wild, a book by She Explores. Her work has appeared in galleries and museums up and down the west coast of California including The California Academy of Sciences, The Museum of Art and History, and The Laundry. When she’s not making stuff she cares about, she’s probably covered in grease from working on her 1970 VW van, or is making photos with her medium format film camera. Either way, she thinks you should probably read her favorite book, William Faulkner’s As I Lay Dying.
You can find more on Morgan Brown at https://www.morganmichelebrown.com/ or follow her on IG https://www.instagram.com/morganmichelebrown/
In this episode we talk about:
Morgan describes the feeling of going from being “deep in the grieving” to being on a plane from Paris to China and experiencing a “light switch” that helped her understand “death is just a human experience” that we all experience at some point.
“Up until that time, it was all about me. All about my grief. My sadness. the death of my mom. Instead of looking outward and seeing, ‘oh, every single person experiences and will experience this.’ “ – Morgan Brown on death
How Morgan’s Creative Outlets Aided in the Grief and Healing Process
With the support of a friend, Morgan encountered a desire to provide opportunity for people to conversations about death, thus was born one of many project “Death Dialogue.” The purpose of Death Dialogue was to provide a dedicated space to start talking about death and dying.
Morgan also created “Conversations I Wish I had”, a pop-up phone booth where people have the opportunity to step inside a phone booth and have a conversation with someone they never got to have with someone who is no longer in their lives.
Morgan shares her experience of
“Mother’s Day sucks. There are so many people are left out of this cookie cutter Hallmark narrative of mother’s day, so what do we do for them?” – Morgan on A Different Kind of Mother’s Day
Morgan talks about how her own experience with death and anger sparked a genuine curiosity about connections, death, and dying. A curiosity that resulted in an ever evolving and humbling journey of creating outlets for others to feel heard, understood, and potentially experience closure around their personal experiences with death and grief.
“I love therapy. I’ve been in it since my mom dies. I can’t imagine my life without it. . . But I can’t say therapy is for everyone. And so all of my projects are saying, ‘I love therapy and therapy i’s not the only way and what other ways can we process our grief and find closure and healing in this process.” – Morgan on processing grief
Losing someone or something important to death or for any other reason is difficult and typically not something people choose to talk about. Morgan reminds us that despite the discomfort, death is a part of our human experience and it’s okay to talk about it and deal with it in whatever way makes most since for you. She reminds us that grief is very much an individual process and what “works for me may not work for you.” Morgan’s experience with death combined with her creativity and desire to help others in their personal grief and healing journeys, has resulted in several positive resources for someone who may struggling with their own grief.
Be sure to check out these resources in the links below.
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