Grief is a sacred journey
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    Searching for Sparks: Camp Widow Toronto

      I went to Camp Widow to meet new friends, give and receive comfort, and share peak moments. Our widowed lives can be lonely and empty compared to the lives we had with our partners. No matter how long it’s been, […]

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    My Lover’s Secret

    “What did you do before you came to Cornell?” I asked. We sat on his couch, drank red wine, and listened to Buffy St. Marie on the stereo. He was sturdy and muscular with dark curls. My heart had […]

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    Birthing and Dying: Do They Have Similarities?

    “I didn’t expect it to hurt so much,” I said in a little girl whine. My husband Vic sat next to the hospital bed where he’d been all night. “Oh no, here comes another one.” “Pant, E. […]

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    A Light that Holds the Dark

    I stood in a small room with high ceilings. A shiny cloth covered lumps on a tall table. On a wooden bench next to me, Mommy lay on her belly, hiding her face in her arms. I watched the up […]

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    Something New from Elaine

    Dear Friends, I’m taking a short blogging break to redesign my website and launch a newsletter. I’ll return to my weekly schedule on September 2 with one change. Once a month this fall, you’ll receive a newsletter […]


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Upcoming Events


  • 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
  • TEDx talk
    Corning Museum of Glass
    11/18/2014 at 10:00 am - 6:00 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 will be published by Larson Publications, fall 2014.