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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)

Q&A with Amy Wright Glenn


“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)

Inspiring selections from Birth, Breath, and Death.  “I am transfixed by love’s intensity and power. I am captivated by the study of life’s thresholds. What is more mysterious than the great unknown existing beyond the frontiers of birth and death? Through the bodies of women, we are all born into time and space…(Read More)

In addition to short professional reviews published in “Birth, Breath, and Death,” there are many reviews of my book available online. Here is an inspiring review featured in HuffPost by Camalo Gaskin, founder of BIRTHtoBIRTH. She writes powerfully and examines the role midwives/doulas for the birthing and dying serve in our society. “Is there…(Read More)

Today, my mother-in-law arrives. My husband’s mother visits every four to five months. Her soft blouses predictably sport cheerful, butterfly designs. She enjoys drinking a cold Stella beer and walking barefoot in the backyard of our south Florida home. Her beautiful, white hair shines in the sun. She loves to read to…(Read More)

I stand with my son in northern Utah. Together we harvest raspberries in my aunt’s backyard. Mountain foothills blanketed in fall colors surround her home. A late September chill fills the air. I could stare at these mountains for hours. I draw upon the memory of their strength when I am away from this…(Read More)

For the last 15 years, I’ve taught comparative religion and philosophy at the college and independent high school level. At some point in every course, inevitably the question arises, “So, what religion do you follow Amy?” Bright eyes accompany this heartfelt inquiry. I also hear cautious curiosity in their voices. Would my students think…(Read More)

Celebrating Doulas


Originally published in Holistic Parenting Magazine Aztec elders taught that women who died in childbirth go to the same level of paradise as men who died in battle. After attending over forty births, I fully understood why. Men die in battle from intense wounds. They bleed as they sacrifice for a greater cause. The same…(Read More)

  In her new “career memoir,” rabbi and hospice chaplain Karen B. Kaplan shares vivid descriptions of her day-to-day experiences of serving the dying and the grieving. Drawing upon a remarkable capacity for listening, a deep appreciation for the human story, and a penchant for “comedy that flirts with sacrilege,” Kaplan navigates the…(Read More)