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  What does it mean to hold space? Listen to Amy Wright Glenn, founder of the Institute, reflect upon holding space, death doula work, and how we can shift our culture’s taboo of openly talking about understanding of death/dying. (Thank you Sheryl Smith, founder of the engAGING Conversations podcast) &nbsp…(Read More)

In November 2014, I wrote a review of Rabbi Karen B. Kaplan’s book Encountering The Edge: What People Told Me Before They Died. I was able to meet Karen in person a year-or-so later, and we continue to stay in touch. I admire her wit, kindness, and keen observations regarding human nature…(Read More)

Join me in Hawaii

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2019 International Death Doula Training Join Amy Wright Glenn in Hawaii this April for the 2019 International Death Doula training sponsored by Doorway into Light. Featured teachers include Ram Dass. Learn more and register today. “Death Doula’s are Warriors of the Heart and Protectors of the Sacred, who show up for dying and death…(Read More)

Q&A with Amy Wright Glenn

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“Holding Space does just that for each of us. In a clear, intimate voice, Amy Wright Glenn shares her own experience and wisdom and by doing so makes a space for her reader to develop the same. For anyone going through loss, this book will feel like a treasure.” —Sharon Salzberg, Lovingkindness and Real Love…(Read More)

Sage’s story

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This is a moving, heartfelt, and powerful tribute to a precious, little boy named Sage who was stillborn. I’m grateful writer, mother, and doula Sara Sites shared her son Sage’s story with me.  It is truly a humbling honor to have Sara’s words published on this blog. Thank you Sara. ___ Sage…(Read More)

Guest post by Kateyanne Unullisi   Why would women who work with the dead celebrate death? Home funeral guides Sara Williams and Jessica Caldwell show up to help families and friends care for someone after death, at home. They encourage families to tend with their hands to the final needs of the dead – how…(Read More)

Oklahoma-based mother and fellow Unitarian Universalist Anitra Lavanhar generously shared the following letter with me. She wrote this letter on the 10 year anniversary of her young daughter’s death. Her words are so moving and true. Please take the time to read them. Please take the time to “love deeply,  live fully, and…(Read More)

Yes She Was

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I recently interviewed Lisa Flato, the author of the following piece/poem. Our subject was post-traumatic growth. A recording of the interview is accessible to all members of the Institute for the Study of Birth, Breath, and Death. Each month I host interviews, webinars, and open discussions focusing on the threshold points of birth…(Read More)

Oh, I love teaching and learning. Even when the subject matter is difficult and emotionally charged, there is so much one can do to open the doors of the heart, mind, and being. There is so much one can do to inspire. Below are images from my recent Holding Space for Pregnancy Loss Utah Training…(Read More)

My father on hospice

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  This is my dad with his friend Daisy. My father is on hospice, hundreds of miles away. I visited him months ago and am planning another trip soon. He didn’t want to move to Florida where we live. I understand. His roots, his home, his family — are all in Utah. I get it…(Read More)