Tag: grief

Maybe it’s “energy.” Maybe it’s just human.

Sometimes, I do have esoteric answers to hard questions because the unseen world of energies is powerful and complex, and we’re all part of it. But truly, more often than not, the solutions are very, very human.

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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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