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Opening to grief : finding your way from loss to peace / Claire B. Willis ; Marnie Crawford Samuelson ; foreword by Megan Devine.

Willis, Claire B., (author.). Samuelson, Marnie Crawford, (author.). Devine, Megan, (writer of foreword.).

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  • 0 of 2 copies available at LARL/NWRL Consortium.
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1 current hold with 2 total copies.

Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Bagley Public Library 155.937 WIL (Text) 33500013324538 New Checked out 02/06/2021
Breckenridge Public Library 155.937 WIL (Text) 33500013324546 New Checked out 02/11/2021

Record details

  • ISBN: 9781590035122
  • ISBN: 1590035127
  • ISBN: 9781573247696
  • ISBN: 1573247693
  • Physical Description: xviii, 123 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
  • Publisher: Newburyport, MA : Dharma Spring, an imprint of Red Wheel/Weiser, LLC, 2020.

Content descriptions

Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 119-123).
Formatted Contents Note:
Part one: Opening to grief : an invitation ; Meeting grief as a companion ; Beginning with kindness ; Feeling grateful ; Opening to mindfulness and meditation ; Restoring in nature ; Joining together ; Making art ; Writing as a refuge ; Welcoming the life that's yours -- Part two: Questions people ask about grief -- Part three: Deepening practices : meditation on the breath ; Self-compassion (RAIN) ; Metta ; Keeping a gratitude journal ; Being with beauty -- Part four: For inspiration : poems about grief ; Books worth sharing ; Online resources.
Summary, etc.:
"All of us experience loss. Some of us have lost a spouse, or a child, our parents, a beloved pet, a dear friend, or neighbor. In the pandemic, we have lost hundreds of thousands of lives in the United States and around the world. Many of us have lost our livelihoods. All of us have lost our familiar daily routines and textures of work, family, and community. And the losses are not over. Opening to Grief is a companion to this tender time. With the demeanor and tone of a loving friend, the authors offer an invitation to grieve fully, to turn toward your emotions and experiences however they arise, and to follow your own path toward healing. The book explores the deep truth that grief and love are richly intertwined. Because we love, we grieve. And when we fully feel our sorrow, we open to loving ourselves and other beings more deeply." -- Description provided by publisher.
Author Notes

Claire B. Willis is a clinical social worker working in the field of oncology and bereavement for more than 20 years. She&;s a former staff member of The Wellness Community, a national organization, and cofounder of the Boston nonprofit Facing Cancer Together. For more than two decades, she has led bereavement, end-of-life, support, and therapeutic writing groups. She has co-taught Spiritual Resources for Healing the Mind, Body, and Soul at Andover Newton Theological School. She maintains a private practice in Brookline, Massachusetts. As a lay Buddhist chaplain ordained by Joan Halifax at Upaya Zen Center in Santa Fe, she focuses on contemplative practices for end-of-life care. For the past five years, she has been a student of Koshin Paley Ellison, a founding teacher at the New York Zen Center for Contemplative Care.

Marnie Crawford Samuelson is a documentary photographer, multimedia producer, and storyteller.  Her photographs have appeared in national magazines and in two books: Lasting Words  with Claire Willis, and The Wild Braid, with poets Stanley Kunitz and Genine Lentine.  She has directed and photographed several short films. She lives in Wellfleet, MA and Berkeley, CA.


Subject: Grief.
Loss (Psychology)
Loss (Psychology)
Genre: Self-help publications.

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