Poet Duluth helps those coping with grief


DULUTH, MN. (KBJR 6) – After the Texas school shooting, many of us are struggling with feelings of grief.

A local poet devotes her time to helping people put these feelings into words.

Cathy Cato has always used poetry to help process her emotions.

“What I do is born out of my own experience,” Cato said. “I lost both my parents. My mother was barely 70, my father was 74.”

When her parents passed away, she found comfort in writing about their loss.

She now uses her talents to help others heal.

In 2020, she launched Honor and Comfort, a service that creates memorial poetry for those who are grieving.

“You just stretched out to hold,” she said. “It’s almost like being a starter for a while, and it’s so moving to see the bonds people have made.”

Cato begins his process with a conversation.

She gently gathers information about the deceased by listening to stories and looking at photographs and other documents.

She sits with all this information for at least a day and then gets to work.

“I do free writing and then normally some sort of form or idea kicks in,” Cato said.

Once the poem is finished, she sends it to her clients, who put them in funeral leaflets, hang them on the wall or share them with other loved ones.

“I think it’s really an honor to be able to share on this personal level, level. I feel more enriched rather than impoverished,” Cato said. “I think the only thing grief does is connect the people.”

Cato also works with an artist, Clare Cooley, who provides adornment to accompany the poem upon request.

For more information on Honor and Comfort, click here.

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