Grief is a sacred journey

Spirituality

A Light that Holds the Dark

83 38 I stood in a small room with high ceilings. A shiny cloth covered lumps on a tall table. On a wooden bench next to me, Mommy lay on her belly, hiding her face in her arms. I watched

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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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Exploring the Spiritual Face of Loss

52 Jean Raffa, an author I admire, invited me to join a blog tour highlighting authors who write about spirituality and intuitive understanding. I encourage you to visit Jean’s blog and website where she writes about Jungian

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A Personal Grief Ritual of Remembrance and Release

171 4 13 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.

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Teaching Tibet: Compassion and Mortality in a College Classroom

108 “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

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Blessing the Water, Blessing our Life

108 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

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A Survival Guide for Life After Loss: Tending the Spirit

114 10 5 1. Pray or meditate—in your own way or according to your spiritual or religious tradition. Consider spending part of each day in silence rather than seeking constant distraction. Meditation and prayer comfort us. In

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

312 2 11 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

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Sunsets over Seneca Lake Valley: 2013

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How to Create a Solstice Ritual: Honoring Nature’s Pause

156 20 2 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,

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