TEDxChemungRiver: Good Grief! What I Learned from Loss

There is power in grieving intentionally and purposefully. Telling her own story of loss, Elaine Mansfield explains the use of ritual as a tool for empowerment for life’s most challenging times.

Out of Bounds Radio

Elaine Mansfield is the author of the award-winning book Leaning Into Love: A Spiritual Journey Through Grief. She has been a hospice volunteer and bereavement workshop leader for many years. In 1996, Elaine began to experience hearing loss and was later diagnosed with Meniere’s Disease, a multi-symptom syndrome that leads to deafness, distorted hearing, and vertigo. On this show, we talk about how Mansfield has navigated this life-changing illness and continued to do what she loves.

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New Dimensions Café: Grief as an Initiation

Justine Toms asks Elaine about the spiritual transformations and lessons learned from loss and grief. They discuss guidance from dreams and advice Elaine received from Jungian analyst and teacher Marion Woodman. They also talk about the differences between writing for healing and learning how to write and promote a book. To listen to this fifteen minute interview, add the MP3 interview to the shopping cart. Then download from the shopping cart. The download is free.

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New Dimensions Radio: Grief, A Spiritual Pilgrimage

Elaine Mansfield shares her very personal journey of grief and spiritual awakening through the process of losing her husband of 42 years to cancer. She discusses what it was like to witness his suffering and learn from the noble way he handled illness. She shares the importance of kindness in even the most stressful situation. Elaine also talks about her search for a new good life since his death. To listen to this one-hour interview, add the MP3 interview to a shopping cart. Then download from the shopping cart.

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Eric Clay of Made of Clay Report on Ithaca Community Radio

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NPR Author’s Corner Reading

Reading two short excerpts from her book Leaning into Love, Elaine Mansfield takes us on a personal journey through loss, mourning, and the beginning of healing.

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Linda Schreyer interviews Elaine Mansfield

Linda-Schreyer-Interviews-Elaine-MansfieldTears and Tequila Author, Linda Schreyer, talks with Elaine Mansfield author of Leaning into Love about the many things they have in common—grief, living in the country, spiritual paths, the power of ritual after the death of a loved one, and more.

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Open to Hope Radio

Dr. Gloria Horsley and Dr. Heidi Horsley of Open to Hope Foundation interviewed me for Open to Hope Radio. This thirteen minute interview segment focuses on the power of grief ritual.

Unity On Line Radio: From Grief To Grace, with Chaz Wesley

Grief to Grace - Chaz WesleyInterview: An amazing story of love & loss—and the honoring of both. Listen to my interview with Elaine Mansfield—and buy her book, ‘Leaning into Love: A Spiritual Journey through Grief’ to see why kindness makes sense and only love remains—on the journey.



Good Grief Radio with Cheryl Jones

When a lifelong practitioner of Buddhism, philosophy and healing loses her husband, how does she grieve? Elaine Mansfield observed her own experience, capturing her grief in a beautiful book and ultimately answering the call to support others through their losses as her life’s calling.

Joy Cardin Show, Wisconsin Public Radio, “Grieving Our Losses.”

joycardinGrief and loss are a common experience, yet one that affects everyone on a deeply personal level.  Joy Cardin’s guest author lost her husband of 40 years in 2008.  She talks to Joy about the emotional journey that followed as she recovered and the lessons she’s learned from both her own experience and those of people she’s counseled in the years since.

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Grief Diaries Radio with Lynda Cheldelin Fell and Angie Cartwright

Hosts Lynda Cheldelin Fell & Angie Cartwright  chat with Elaine about her books, her work, and her philosophy on the sacred journey of loss on Grief Diaries Radio.

Local author discusses her journey after her husband’s death

The Ithaca Voice sat down with local author, Elaine Mansfield to discuss her first book, Leaning Into Love. After the death of her husband, she wrote the book based on various journals she kept during his cancer treatment. Today, she holds various discussions and workshops around town to help Ithacans dealing with grief.

Cornell Alumni Magazine

Elaine Mansfield - Leaning Into LoveWidow’s Walk: How Elaine Ware Mansfield ’67 channeled her grief into helping others cope with loss.

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Interview with Tish Perlman

Mansfield is a writer, blogger, and bereavement facilitator at Tompkins County Hospicare, where she facilitates groups for women who have lost partners or spouses and writes for the newsletter and website.


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Joan Jacobs Brumberg’s “An Emotional and spiritual Exploration of Loss,” Hospicare and Palliative Care Services newsletter

Nov 1, 2014


This honest, heartfelt first book is the story of how Mansfield lived, survived and triumphed with her pain, told in an authentic voice by a woman who values human connection, spirituality and the earth.


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Karen Gadiel, “Leaning Into Love: In Her New Book Mansfield Chronicles Journey Through Grief”

Ithaca Times, Oct. 8, 2014

elaine-flower-fieldElaine Mansfield can still become a little weepy recalling her beloved husband Vic’s illness and death, the core of her just-published book, Leaning Into Love, A Spiritual Journey Through Grief, (Larson Publications, $14.95). Not to worry.

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Dr. Pamela Brewer, “Leaning into Love,” MyndTalk Radio

pamela_bio_photoThere are times when the connection is so strong, and the grief so great when the connection is broken, particularly in death, that it can seem almost impossible to imagine a time of feeling free enough from the grief to move on. But this is precisely what happened to Elaine Mansfield author of “Leaning Into Love”. Join Dr. Brewer and her guest for this amazing journey.

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Deborah Kalb’s Book Q and A with Author Elaine Mansfield

Oct. 11, 2014

Elaine-Mansfield-Portrait1-With_Dog Elaine Mansfield is the author of the new book Leaning into Love: A Spiritual Journey through Grief, which looks at her life before and after the death of her husband. She is a nutrition, exercise, and women’s health counselor, and a hospice volunteer. She lives in upstate New York.

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Colleen M. Story: Widow Turns Feelings of Loss into a Touching Memoir

Oct. 2, 2014

Colleen-M-StoryI’ve been so inspired by Elaine’s kindness, courage, and beautiful writing. She lost her dear husband of 42 years in 2008. She turned her feelings into a lovely memoir entitled, Leaning Into Love: A Spiritual Journey Through Grief.

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Elaine Mansfield: Writing Through the Rough Spots

photo_of_elaine_and_vicAfter Vic’s death, I leaned into his love. I leaned into the love of the land, the life I created with him, our sons, close friends, and found support. Spiritual help came from meditation, various healing practices, and teachers, alive and dead. I lean my body and spirit into these teachings as I lean into the biggest trees in my forest. They protect me, hold me up, and heal me.

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The Last Embrace: The Dalai Lama blesses a dying man

vic-dalaiIn this remembrance, Elaine Mansfield recalls when the Dalai Lama and her husband Vic made a meaningful connection six weeks before Vic’s death. After the Dalai Lama’s embrace, Vic no longer feared his coming death. This article was published at Shambhala SunSpace and became the featured article at ShamblahaSun.com on August 16, 2013.

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Gifts of the Heart


Elaine is featured in “Gifts of the Heart,” a documentary about volunteers at Hospicare and Palliative Care Services of Tompkins County in Ithaca, New York. Hospicare offers traditional in-home hospice support, a residential facility for those in need of extra care, and bereavement services for the entire community. In this documentary, volunteers tell heart-opening stories about helping others during their final days or after a difficult loss.

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Out of Bounds with Tish Pearlman

Out of Bounds with Tish Pearlman

Out of Bounds, created by Tish Pearlman, features interviews with visionaries: people living, working and thinking outside the mainstream. Since its debut in April 2005, the show has featured conversations with writers, teachers, composers, artists, activists, musicians, and members of the various religious and cultural communities. Elaine Mansfield is interviewed in this episode, which aired on WEOS: 3/28/13 and WSKG: 3/31/13.


Angry Faces, Churning Water: Fracking Industry Threatens Seneca Lake


In July 2012, Tony Ingraham of Walk in the Park made Elaine’s blog Angry Faces, Placid Water: Fracking, LPG Gas Storage and Seneca Lake into this video. Inergy, a Kansas City based company, was working on their facility on the shores of Seneca Lake, even though their permit had not been approved by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. Along with others, Elaine grieved for the lake and the land.

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An Interview with Jill Swenson: Elaine Mansfield describes Engaging, Writing, and Building an Author Presence on the Web

Elaine Mansfield and Jill Swenson - An Interview

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Caring.com’s 18 Caregiver Stories on the Web

Elaine Mansfield’s website has been named one of “18 Great Caregiver Stories on the Web” that will inspire you by caring.com.

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Elaine Mansfield Reading “The Green Man” at Works-in-Progress, Spring (W)rites, May 5, 2013

Elaine Mansfield Reading "The Green Man" at Works-in-Progress, Spring (W)rites, May 5, 2013

Elaine reading a chapter called “The Green Man” about a dream of hope and healing, a mythological figure called the Green Man, and the nurturing power of Nature.

If you are interested in interviewing Elaine Mansfield or want to invite her to speak to your group, contact Elaine@elainemansfield.com