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.
Elaine Mansfield’s memoir Leaning Into Love: A Spiritual Journey through Grief will be published by Larson Publications, fall 2014. Her website has been named one of “18 Great Caregiver Stories on the Web” that will inspire you by caring.com.
“Grief is a sacred thing, teaching me more about love than I would have learned in a life without cancer, suffering, and death.
Life is prayer. Love is a blessing. Mortality is my teacher.
If I stay with this grief, I might learn what it means to be an open hearted, compassionate human being.”