Grief is a sacred journey

Spirituality

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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Teaching Tibet: Compassion and Mortality in a College Classroom

“I’ll teach this Tibet class as long as I can,” Vic said after meeting his enthusiastic students for the first class of the semester. “I love teaching these kids.” Although Vic was a physic’s professor, he’d taught […]

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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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A Survival Guide for Life After Loss: Part 3, Tending the Spirit

The previous guides focused on Body and Soul, but Life doesn’t divide into neat categories. Body, soul, and spirit spill into each other, overlap, and affect each other. Here I focus on our relationship to the Higher, […]

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A Survival Guide for Life after Loss: Ten Ways to Nurture your Soul

This is the second of three Survival Guides. The first focused on Body and the next will be about Spirit. 1. Share your grief with close friends. Steve said my grief allowed him to feel his own […]

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Sunsets over Seneca Lake Valley: 2013

January 2013 February 2013 March 2013 April 2013 May 2013 June 2013 July 2013 August 2013 September 2013 October 2013 Seneca Lake November 2013 Venus at Sunset, December 2013 Sending the gift of inspiring sunsets from my [...]
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How to Create a Solstice Ritual: Honoring Nature’s Pause

Christmas often feels frantic and commercial rather than spiritual. New Year’s is party time. At Solstice, I feel the peace of Nature’s pause and the gift of returning light. Since my husband Vic’s death, I’ve created Solstice […]

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Give Thanks For This Imperfect Life

What if Vic’s cancer had been caught earlier? What if the diagnosis was a mistake? What if they’d tried a different treatment? Maybe he was sick because of foot x-rays in his childhood shoe stores or the […]

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Poems to Grieve By: Love, Loss, and Continuing Bonds

Don’t run away from grief, o soul, Look for the remedy inside the pain, because the rose came from the thorn and the ruby came from a stone. ~ Rumi The weight of my husband Vic’s death […]

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The Copper Vessel: Prayer Walk for a Gas Free Seneca

My legs ache and a blister throbs, but I don’t stop or slow down.  I focus on the copper vessel ahead of me with its beaded red cloth cover. It holds water collected four days ago at […]

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