Grief is a sacred journey
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    Living with Impermanence

    “You likely have cancer,” the oncologist said to Vic. With those words, my husband and I landed in a world of crisis care and lost dreams. I was (and still am) part of a women’s mythology class that had […]

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    My Grandma’s Juicy Secret

    After Mom entered an Alzheimer’s residence in 1995, I received two cardboard boxes of mementos. Her husband had found the musty crushed cartons in the basement when cleaning out Mom’s possessions. Since Mom no longer recognized what she […]

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    How My Dog Taught Me the Power of Ritual

    Our ten-year-old Lab left the car reluctantly. Instead of running ahead and waiting on the dock for us to throw a stick, our water boy stood near the car door without a wag. “He has cancer,” the vet […]

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    When We Had Plans

    When our two-hundred-year-old barn was in danger of falling down in 2005, we built a new one. We put large windows in the southwest corner and added pipes for plumbing. We imagined Vic would have cabin fever if he […]

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    TEDxChemungRiver: Good Grief! What I Learned from Loss

    There is power in grieving intentionally and purposefully. Telling her own story of loss, Elaine Mansfield explains the use of ritual as a tool for empowerment during life’s most challenging times.

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    Twelve Rituals That Marked My Way: 2014

    Rituals focus my attention and bring a sacred sense to life. Personal rituals help me honor the things for which I’m grateful–friendship, family, the earth, and bereavement and grief work. In this spirit, I look back at rituals […]

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    Three Lessons about Loss from my TEDx Talk

    “Yes,” I said in May 2014 when I received a red-lettered invitation from TEDx Chemung River I had applied the month before. “Sure, I’ll figure out how to give a TEDx talk. November 8 is five months away. Plenty of time. I’ll […]

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    Long Distance Love

    “Why?” I moaned. “You’ve been gone over a month. The kids and I miss you. I’m lonely.” “E, I’m sorry,” Vic said from somewhere in Israel where he was doing research. “I’ll only be away a few days […]


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Upcoming Events


  • "Good Grief! What I Learned from Loss"
    Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Big Flats
    02/15/2015 at 10:30 am - 11:30 am
  • Watkins Glen Public Library Read & Discuss
    Watkins Glen Public Library
    02/28/2015 at 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
  • The Healing Muse Journal reading
    Buffalo Street Books
    04/12/2015 at 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
  • Reading and signing of 'Leaning into Love'
    Tompkins County Public LIbrary
    04/16/2015 at 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
  • The Healing Muse Journal reading
    Schweinfurth Memorial Art Center
    04/23/2015 at 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
  • "Leaning into Love" workshop
    05/02/2015 at 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
  • Reading and signing of 'Leaning into Love'
    Trumansburg Public Library
    05/28/2015 at 12:00 am
  • Elaine Mansfield

    In my twenties, I married, nurtured my growing family, practiced yoga and meditation, and became a vegetarian and organic gardener. In my thirties, I became a nutrition and preventive health care counselor. In my forties, I studied natural approaches to menopause. In my fifties, I transformed my body with strength training and became a Certified Personal Trainer. In my early sixties, I lectured and wrote about strength training, bone health, nutrition, and healthy aging. Now, in my mid sixties, I am dealing with the death of my husband while writing about love, loss, and continuing bonds.

    You’ll find old articles, guides, and stories in the sections on Bereavement, Exercise, and Nutrition. You can keep up with the latest stories and announcements on my blog.

    Elaine Mansfield’s memoir Leaning into Love: A Spiritual Journey through Grief is now available from Larson Publications.