Tag: grief

Grief is a doorway to compassion

When I was about 16, my small-town world was shaken by the sudden deaths of three people in six months. One was a teacher I’d had for a semester, the victim of domestic violence. One was a student in my

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Grief Ritual

The following is a personal reflection that includes some (but not all) of the details from a Dagara grief ritual held in Rockport, MA in May 2016.  I have begun facilitating grief work in a similar ritual format: please check out

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Barn burned down.

There’s an old haiku, “Barn’s burned down. Now I can see the moon.” I’ve always loved it, because it very concisely encapsulates a core tenet of mine: that in the midst of heartache and loss, there is still beauty. We just

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Notes on a divorce

Here are a few of the things I learned during a 2013-2014 divorce, in no particular order. I kept them in present tense, the way I wrote them at the time. The healing tools I’ve been learning and teaching actually

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