Grief is a sacred journey

Nature

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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You, too? I Thought I Was the Only One

“Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another: What! You too? I thought I was the only one.” ~C.S. Lewis When I read A Grief Observed a few months after my husband Vic’s

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A Personal Grief Ritual of Remembrance and Release

When the lupines pop, the bluebird eggs hatch, and lettuce seed germinates, I remember my husband Vic. His death is part of this season, part of the earth and the cycles of my life. Images of Vic’s

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Planting Joy in a Season of Sorrow

Go outside and plant, a wise voice in me said. You need flowers. Garden plants sat on the porches and at the side of the house. They were hardened off and ready to go in the ground. Part

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My Favorite Mother’s Day Gifts: Life, Hope, and Bluebirds

I watched the twin nesting boxes for days in April. Cold wind blasted rain against the house windows. Then it snowed. Bluebirds were late. Would they ever come? Years ago, my husband Vic rebuilt a remnant of

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Blessing the Water, Blessing our Life

A small group of women and men gathers at the south end of Seneca Lake for a sacred water ritual of gratitude and protection. I wrap a Tibetan yak wool blanket over my winter coat. It’s 15

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Healed by Nature, Inspired by Love

In 1967, Vic persuaded me to lie in a sleeping bag on the cold ground in March. We held each other while waves of green, yellow, and pink tinted the sky—a divine aurora borealis lightshow. It was

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Flowers, Butterflies, and Bees on my Finger Lakes Land: 2013

Zinnia and Swallowtail Trout Lily Crocus Coreopsis Day Lilies Ragged Robin Shirley Poppy Zinnia and Swallowtail Angel Trumpet Zinnia and Skipper Butterfly New England Aster Zinnia and Swallowtail Wishing you a Joyous New Year. Flowers will return
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My Uncoupled Life: Family Changes after a Death

“You sit in front,” Liz offers. “No, you sit with David,” I say. She belongs next to David, not me. My son David, his bride Liz, and I head for Watkins Glen State Park on this glorious

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A Call in the Redwoods: My Hippie Intuition

The trees loomed ancient and prehistoric in the fog. Vic loved their height. He arched his back and looked up to the gray sky. I loved the dark hollows within the circular clusters of redwoods. I climbed

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