(Re)Constellating After The Death Of A Partner
Mar 6th, 2023 | Episode 249
When Jessica Schaffer's partner of 25 years, Patrice, died in March of 2021, she found herself untethered. In the early days of grief, Jessica went within, needing to find her orbital pattern in this new solar system without Patrice. During this time she also germinated seeds of creativity. Seeds that were planted by Patrice when she gifted Jessica an iPad, just days before she learned she was dying. In the fall of 2021, Jessica picked up the iPad and started drawing. This process inspired her to start The Chrysalis Imagery, a company where she offers a line of greeting cards and other inspired imagery.
In this conversation we discuss:
- What is was like to midwife Patrice through her dying process
- How the early days of grief felt
- The image that came to Jessica soon after Patrice died
- How creativity changed everything
- The ways their dog Kirby grieved
- Jessica's hopes for The Chrysalis Imagery
Jessica on IG - @thechrysalisimagery and Facebook - @thechrysalisimagery
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