Grief is a sacred journey
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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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    A Woman’s Hands

    These hands aren’t girlish pink and plump, but the palms are smooth and soft. Not ancient hands, but aging hands. No arthritic swellings or broken joints. No aches when typing, chopping, or loading firewood. They are my able […]

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    Give Thanks for the Teachings of Trees

    November grief has a sharp edge. Six years after my husband Vic’s death, I still struggle with holidays. I know I’m not the only one. Sorrow needs space this time of year. Since hiding makes me sadder, I […]

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    A Love Note from Beyond

    I needed to calm down. I needed faith in my stamina for a TEDx talk. My mind felt blurry, on the edge of dizzy. I had practiced the talk with a friend that day and delivered my […]

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    My Meetup with Little TED: How I prepared for a TEDx Talk

    I have a date with TEDx. Nov. 8 at the Corning Museum of Glass in Corning, NY. Our meetup was arranged by TEDx Chemung River. TED (Technology, Education, and Design) is a global nonprofit committed to the power of shared ideas, […]

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    A Painting, a Pyramid, and my Longing

    “I brought you a gift,” my daughter-in-law Liz said the day after the launch party for Leaning into Love. She seemed unusually shy. “Really, Liz? Another gift? You gave me the gift of driving from North Carolina to […]

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    Nature’s Seasons of Grief and Hope

    My husband’s death left me with tears and longing, but Nature soothed me. I walked the trails of my land and felt supported during the hardest transition of my life. Like the first crocus of spring or the last Monarch butterfly […]


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  • Leaning into Love: Rituals of Self-Support and Healing
    Toronto Marriott Downtown Eaton Centre
    09/26/2014 - 09/27/2014 at 11:15 am - 1:45 pm
  • Out of Bounds Radio Interview with Tish Pearlman - WEOS-FM

    09/27/2014 at 3:30 pm - 4:00 pm
  • Out of Bounds Radio Interview with Tish Pearlman - WSKG-FM

    09/28/2014 at 11:30 am - 12:00 pm
  • Leaning into Love: Book Launch and Celebration!
    Damiani Wine Cellars
    10/03/2014 at 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
  • Leaning into Love: Writing Our Grief and Healing Our Hearts
    Writers & Books
    10/10/2014 at 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
  • Leaning into Love: A Spiritual Journey through Grief, reading and signing
    Buffalo Street Books
    10/12/2014 at 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • The Healing Muse launch and reading
    Medical Alumni Auditorium – Weiskotten Hall
    10/22/2014 at 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
  • TEDx talk
    Corning Museum of Glass
    11/08/2014 at 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Leaning into Love reading and discussion at the American Cancer Society’s Hope Lodge
    American Cancer Society’s Hope Lodge
    11/13/2014 at 6:00 pm - 7:00 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.