Grief is a sacred journey

Psychology and Mythology

I Thought I Could

92 12 My flight home from Florida was threatened by another winter storm on the east coast. How I miss my husband Vic at times like this. “It’s in the hands of nature and United Air,” he would say,

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My Lover’s Secret

213 2 “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.

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Let the Warm Love Flow: Messages from Marion Woodman

186 Marion Woodman’s last letter came in February 2011, almost three years after my husband Vic’s death. I first met her in 1988 when I went to my first workshop with her. We had corresponded since 2003.

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Widow Misses Sparring Partner

95 Woman Misses Fighting with Dead Husband. That’s a headline for The Inquirer. “E, leave me alone,” Vic said. I watched his cheek muscles twitch and his jaw clench. He pulled his office door toward him to

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Languages of Love: Essential Marriage Skills 101

168 “Have you heard about The Five Love Languages by Gary Chapman?” our dear friend Richard asked as we soaked naked in their hot tub and talked about life with Richard and his wife. The summer night was

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Finding Balance during Grief: Healing Dreams and Creativity

211 20 2 I try out for a team that demands gymnastic skills. I do a handstand, shocked by my ability and strength.  I’m told to hold this position, as though I am an antenna tuned into

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Pause Before Shrieking: Essential Marriage Skills 101

89 “What the hell did you do to my forsythia?” I screeched. “We agreed it was too big. It took over the whole yard,” Vic said. “You’re being a bitch.” “That was my bush. You didn’t ask

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Growing Gray: A Jungian Writer Embraces the Crone

88 2 I’m honored to have a guest post by Jean Raffa this week. I met Jeanie more than 15 years ago at a workshop in Orlando, FL. She is a Jungian teacher, author of three books, and

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Did I Get Enough Love?

246 8 3 As soon as you begin to ask the question, Who loves me? You are completely screwed, Because the next question is How Much?… ~Tony Hoagland, “The Loneliest Job in the World” And after that,

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Talking Back: Essential Marriage Skills 101

80 Three-year-old David snuggled on our friend Jeanne Astor’s lap in an Ithaca clothing store. “What’s your daddy like?” a saucy saleswoman asked curly-topped David. “My daddy’s tough as nails,” David said with all the bravado he

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