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.
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.