Grief is a sacred journey

Psychology and Mythology

Roadblocks and New Beginnings

I jump in my car, pull out of my driveway, and speed uphill—the direct route to town. At the top of the hill, the road is torn up and blocked. A relaxed, slow-paced country guy on the

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Writing through the Rough Spots: Healing through Story

“Write a list of questions,” Ellen instructed. “Anything that comes to mind. Just let your pen flow across the page.” I sat around Ellen’s cozy table with a small group of students and began. “Will I ever

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Falling in Love with Marion Woodman: 2003

“Who do you want to see more than anyone?” Vic asked in an excited voice. It was unusual for him to call from his office in the middle of a work day. “I don’t know,” I answered.

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Befriending Myself: Rescued by Pema Chodron

“There has to be more to life than this dark gloom,” I wrote. I was sinking under the weight of my widowed life with no sweet husband to listen to my smallest fears, to care if my

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Home with Hestia: Goddess of the Hearth

On bitter winter mornings, I am a devotee of Hestia, Greek Goddess of the Hearth. I descend the wooden steps from my bedroom, shoulders shrugged against the cold, put my dog Willow outside in the shivering dawn,

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The Art of Argument: Essential Marriage Skills 101

We faced off in the upstairs bedroom, sitting on a mattress on the floor in the house on Cayuga Lake where we moved soon after our wedding in 1968.The afternoon light was low and the bedroom window

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Feminine Healing at the Metropolitan Museum of Art: 2008

In February, prednisone gave Vic a prolonged energy surge. He longed to be alone and taste independence, and I wanted to think about something besides the timing of medicine and doctor’s appointments. Barbara Nowogrodzki, an artist, teacher,

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Grief and Depression: Are they different?

It’s hard to distinguish between grief and depression. When does one slide into the other? Who gets to choose the labels anyway? A New York Times article from January 25, 2012 explored diagnostic labels for mental illness.

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