To Hold Death in One’s Hand

Today, I found a bird on my porch. It must have flown into the window and suffered enough damage to not wake up again. A fitting day with death, I thought, just days before I depart on my journey toward chaplaincy. I am going to spend the next several years becoming more and more comfortable with […]

Spreading Ashes: A Poem

As we delve into a series on the world of grief rituals, I wanted to begin by offering this poem that was written by a dear friend, Lauri Stock, after a weekend spent spreading her mother’s ashes with her family and mother’s friends. I asked if she would write about her experience to share with the Peace […]

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The Art of Grieving

photo courtesy of www.tnhtour.org A year and a half after my mom passed, I attended a 7-day meditation retreat at Deer Park Monastery in Escondido, CA with Buddhist teacher Thich Nhat Hanh (or “Thay”, as many affectionately call him, which is Vietnamese for “teacher”.) My first exposure to Thay’s teachings was in an Eastern Philosophy class in college. I always found his […]

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Six Steps for Saying Goodbye to Stuff

Saying Goodbye to Stuff: Six Steps for Letting Go After Loss Sorting through our loved one’s  belongings can feel daunting and overwhelming, not to mention emotional. We often find ourselves clinging to their material items because we no longer have their physical touch. Every “thing” seems to hold a story. But deep inside, we know we don’t want […]

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Nature Heals (Part 3 of 4): The Desert

This is part three of a 4-part series: Healing with Nature. If you missed the first two, check out Part 1 of 4: The Forest, The Trees and Part 2 of 4: The Falling Leaves. — A month and a half after my mom’s passing I really needed some alone time, so I borrowed my friend’s car […]

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Nature Heals (Part 2 of 4):

Falling Leaves “Nature Heals” is a four-part series exploring how the forest, ocean, and mountains can help develop a deeper understanding of peace through grief… Last weekend, my sister and I dove into the last of my parents’ personal “stuff” – the final drawers to discover since my mom passed. It had taken us a while […]

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Nature Heals (Part 1 of 4):

The Forest, The Trees Hello dear friends! This post kicks off “Nature Heals”, a four-part series exploring how nature can help develop a deeper understanding of peace through grief… There is an old saying, “Not seeing the forest for (because of) the trees” which means getting so trapped in the details that one fails to see […]

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