Spring Flowers: A Profoundly Short But Healing Life

Spring flowers are fleeting and fragile beauties. The metaphor for “living in the now,” is a crocus bloom. My dining room is alight in yellow forsythia and daffodils, budding azaleas, and shrub branches full of “pink, pearly thingies.” After 20 years I have a first-ever flower bower for my meal times. Pandemic isolation highlights home comfort and who isn’t in…

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Passover and Easter symbolize release from the bondage of despair

Once upon a time, in what feels like a galaxy far, far away, faith was about love, compassion, protection, and building each other up. Those things create a quiet, personal righteousness.  But now a loud, public righteousness is fueled by anger with no room for forgiveness or redemption. Passover and Easter symbolize the power to overcome the bondage of despair….

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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Reclaim Their Mental Health

Telling the truth is never convenient and has no perfect timing. Struggles are shared when one realizes mental health is at stake. No one expected the wife of Prince Harry to be fearful or suicidal, yet that was Meghan Markle’s experience as told to Oprah Winfrey during a TV interview. I hope many battling mental illness watched and can feel…

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Don’t Postpone Grief: Livestreaming funerals

Grief is on pause, but it does not have to be. By necessity, funerals are sparsely attended or postponed. Currently, there are 510,777 Covid-related deaths. In 2019 a total of all deaths in the U.S. was 2,854,838. (Note: 2020 statistics are not released yet). This means millions have been unable to mourn together and to have closure, which the ritual…

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Insurrection, Grief and Shadowloss

Feel what you feel for as long as it takes to process through it. The right word recognizes our deepest emotions. When I mourn, but my grief is not attached to a physical death, there is a word for it, “shadowloss.” The term was coined by Cole Imperi, founder of The School of American Thanatology, which is the science of…

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