Grief is a sacred journey
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    Dizzy, Deaf, and Determined: Living with Meniere’s Disease

    “I have to lie down right now,” I tell my daughter-in-law Liz as I stretch out on the floor near the wood stove. Who is this woman who has to lie down in the middle of making dinner? […]

  • Vic & Elaine 1996

    Please Leave Love Notes When You Die

    A small group sat around a table in the Watkins Glen Public Library. They’d come to hear me read from Leaning into Love. I told stories and read for forty minutes and then turned it over to anyone who […]

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    An Uncommon Caregiver: Florence Nightingale’s Feathered Nursing Assistant

    I’m honored to introduce you to Ann Marie Ackermann. A mutual friend introduced me to Ann Marie because of our interest in owls as well as books. I told Ann Marie I’d had two powerful encounters with owls. She said she knew a wonderful story about […]

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    The Comfort of Small Things

    Chickadees throw back their heads to praise the dawn. Bring us morning. Bring the light. They bring me faith in exchange for seeds. Mexican music blasts over the driving range loudspeakers. A tiny brown and white pup nibbles my pudgy five-year-old fingers. Hello, new […]

  • At home 1998

    An Unexpected Gift

    He was lucky to get a teaching job when few were available in 1973. I was lucky to have his financial and emotional support. We were both lucky because we were in love. I was also pissed […]

  • Still strong during earlier cancer treatment

    When Dreams Tell Our Future

    “I had a dream last night,” Vic said in a thin raspy voice. “Really?” I said. Although he’d experienced a lifetime of vibrant dreams, he’d had few during recent months fueled by prednisone, codeine, and Ambien. “Yeah. I dreamed the […]

  • Tampa sunset on day before flight

    I Thought I Could

    My flight home from Florida was threatened by another winter storm on the east coast. How I miss my husband Vic at times like this. “It’s in the hands of nature and United Air,” he would say, “so we […]

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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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  • 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
  • Good Grief! What I Learned from Loss
    Hospicare and Palliative Care Services
    04/29/2015 at 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
  • Open to Hope Radio interview

    04/30/2015 at All Day
  • "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.