Grief is a sacred journey
  • Persephone & Demeter, Eleusis, 430-440 BC (wikipedia image)

    Descending into Darkness with Persephone

    I watch star-shaped autumn clematis blossoms tremble in the breeze. Honey bees stuff their pollen sacks with nectar. One Monarch floats on the wind, a silent traveler moving south. It’s the quiet season on my land. An […]

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    The Memory Game: Sharing Our Secrets and Wounds

    “Tell me the first thing you remember,” I asked my boyfriend Vic. I wanted to know everything. His jaw tightened. He hesitated. I saw I’d hit a raw place, but it was too late. We were sitting upright in bed, leaning against […]

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    The Sacred Water of Life: Prayer Walk for Seneca Lake

    Women walkers carried the water vessel in a ritual circumambulation of Seneca Lake to bless the water and create a circle of protection for the lake.                 The vessel moved without stopping, handed from one walker to […]

  • My Lady of Grief and Praise (2007)

    Persona: How Promoting a Book Created a New Social Self

    Last week, I went to REP Studio in Ithaca to record passages from my book for National Public Radio’s Author’s Corner. I needed two takes of two readings, each 80-83 seconds. Peter Johnson of Author’s Corner gave me […]

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    Bees, Butterflies, and Blessings: Cycles of Nature and Grief

    If you’ve read my blog or visited my Facebook page, you know photography helped with my grieving process. In 2008 when my husband Vic died, I rarely took photos. Vic was the family photographer. The evening after Vic’s memorial service, […]

  • Vic's Italian hands, 1991

    My Lover’s Hands

    We stood with three other couples, anchoring our side of the square. They were much older, at least in their forties. The sun-baked men strutted in shiny cowboy boots and red bandanas. The women twirled layered white […]

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    Do You Trust Your Creative Self?

    I walk along a country road with a woman writer, a seven-year-old girl, and a boy who is three. The children run ahead, down a steep dip in the road, out of sight. A huge truck comes from […]

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    Ritual at the Crossroads

    “A ritual would help,” I said to my friend Pat. “I’d love that,” she said. “I’ll think about it. I want to be near water.” I’d just arrived at Pat’s home. She and I met in 1970 […]


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  • Grief: A Spiritual Pilgrimage

    10/14/2015 - 10/20/2015 at All Day
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    10/14/2015 at 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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    10/24/2015 at 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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    Trumansburg Public Library
    10/29/2015 at 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
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    Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Big Flats
    11/08/2015 at 10:30 am - 11:30 am
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    C.G. Jung Society of Sarasota
    03/11/2016 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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    C.G. Jung Society of Sarasota
    03/12/2016 at 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • 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.