How to Survive a Fall (with gratitude)

Earlier this year, my partner and I moved to a new city and into a new (to me) home. As soon as we arrived, amid the unpacking and settling-in, I loved getting to know our new abode; it’s the same … Read More

The Evolution of Hope

Before we are even born, there is much hope; hope that the first trimester passes without incident, hope that kicks will be felt, hope that the child will not be cursed with the family nose and hope for a safe … Read More

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Ep 9 Excerpt from Grief: A Love Story (the book)

It feels weird to let this baby out into the world. You can download a hold-in-your-hot-little-hands copy here, but I wanted to give it a voice, too. And as I mention at the end of the episode, this chapter and … Read More

Yoga was (or, used to be) for sissies

Believe it or not, I used to be a pretty serious weight-lifting sort. You would not know it by looking at me now, but I used to lift very heavy things in tiny, short sets, not caring that involuntary grunts … Read More

Ep 8 Andria Racich: Telling the Story of Grief with Interviews

“We’re all each other’s teachers.” Sometimes (well, a lot of times) I get connected with people who are My People. You know what I mean? People who get me, people who I get. Soul-like connections. Andria Racich (pronounced “rasich”) is … Read More

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Ep 7: Death is for a thousand lessons

Ep 7 One Death, Many Experiences, Many Lessons It’s a chapter in the book, and it’s just true: a thousand people (and more) will have an experience of each death, and we are all capable (and have permission) to learn … Read More

10 (somewhat) Secret Sources of Grief

Grief. It’s there when someone dies, and that’s perhaps the first type we think of when we think of it. Funerals, flowers, and deep sorrow. But there are many other kinds. With every beginning and ending, there is grief. It’s … Read More

Ep 6 Cassie Barrett: Green Burials and Reverence for Death

“Get comfortable with being uncomfortable.” Cassie Barrett has been a death worker since 2010 and is the Director of Operations at Carolina Memorial Sanctuary, a conservation and green cemetery located in Western North Carolina. Since she was a kid, Cassie … Read More

Relationship Care *for when the world doesn’t make sense

I talk a lot about grief from loss, but there’s a big piece of it that comes from events of the world. When racist hate settled into Virginia this past weekend, I watched it unfold through the safety of the media, … Read More

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Ep 5 Chris Dierkes: Landing at Sweet Sorrow

“The reason we meditate is to learn how to die.” In this conversation with Soul Interpreter, Chris Dierkes, we explore learning to live by being with the dead, the place of “sweet sorrow” in grief, and death as our last … Read More