Juliet Cooke lost her life partner Andrew, very suddenly, after 23 years together. He was 50, and they had 2 children, aged 7 and 12. Juliet made these drawings to console a friend who also lost her husband very suddenly. Her friend loved the drawings and sat them on her dresser so she could see them every day.

As other friends and family lost loved ones to cancer, addiction, suicide, and accident, Juliet added new drawings and words to suit their situations. As other friends and family have died, Juliet has realized just how ill prepared we are for death: we don’t have comfortable places at hospitals or old people’s homes, for families to gather around the dying, and we don’t know what to say to someone who is facing the loss of a loved one.

As a designer, who turns ideas into images and experiences, it was natural for Juliet to use words and images to describe the journey through grief: to start this conversation that so many of us are afraid to have, and to let you know that you don’t suffer alone.

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