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Grief is an inescapable human experience. Just like death.  

I’m of the mind that we have the emotional experience of grief because it allows for so much to be able to happen. It is…it can be, that transformative portal. But not when we handle it too much…We have to give it space. I’ve seen that move in lots of different ways.  

IF we just allow for that energy to enter and we hold a vibration of stillness in its presence then really beautiful things can happen and individuals can have a truly transformative experience…We’ve all heard these stories of individuals who have near-death experiences and they left their bodies or had some experience of their bodies from outside themselves…

Everything in their life changes from that point on…we don’t have to have a near-death experience to be privy to that. We do not. Every time death moves into our circle we have that opportunity. We can have the same experience without being clinically dead…we can touch that and the grieving can touch that.

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Silence is very healing. You won’t ever know that until you try it. You can’t learn about that by reading it in a book. You have to experience it. And the silence that someone who is really reaching in their own spiritual journey, the type of silence which that individual soul can cultivate in that space, again, is medicine. It is the deepest medicine in that space. Much more powerful than whatever is being pumped into their veins or through their bodies. And we’re all capable of that. But we have to turn towards, not away.  

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I talked about presence earlier - what is that? This is what I’m speaking to, is the opportunity to cultivate abiding awareness and attunement to another. Who you know, and they know as well, is approaching the end of their life when the people who they expected to be doing that for them are not…what does it look like to have peace and what does it look like not to, and what’s important and what matters in that space and that time. Relationships matter. Community matters.

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We celebrate birth and then we deny death. The beauty and the joy that attend birth can also attend death, but we have lost sight of that. It’s in our grasp to reclaim that…thats what the vast majority of people who work in hospice are trying to do…changing the way that we handle that transition. For our friends, our family, our community and the people who come in front of us.

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Despite being the one thing assured all of us, our culture does not equip us to be present to death. And, yet, it is no less magical, mystical, and transformative than birth. The act of compassionately companioning the dying is rich with blessings unavailable elsewhere. In this podcast, you will learn simple but profound ways to be present at the bedside, to create a sacred space of passage which, in turn, will return unimaginable gifts of spirit to you.

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Join me as we explore the Terrain of Grief and Wrestle with the Questions: What is Grief? What does it have to offer us? And how do we Recover from it and Reclaim our Joy?

 

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