How and Why We Speak: Reflecting on Loss and Connection

  • Karen Gold Women's College,Toronto
  • Laura Anderson Private Practice


This is a personal account of the author's relationship with Angela, a client from whom much was learned about collaborative and respectful practices. Integrating narrative ideas, this is also a story about coming to terms with loss: over five years ago, after struggling with mental health problems and other oppressions for many years, Angela died of an overdose. The author also integrates the voice of her colleague, Laura Anderson, in order to explore the transformative journey that Angela's life and death continues to have the two of them and the struggle to hold on to hopefulness and connection.

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