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Cultivating Patience

   *** “Your question pulls my attention away from my to-do list and the crafting of an outline for the upcoming class. I look at you through the rearview mirror. You are sitting in your carseat,  nearly 4 years old. You watch me.” Read more

  • March 15, 2016
  • By Amy Wright Glenn

Home Funeral Guides Embrace the Dead on Dia de los Muertos

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 it used to be. They believe that death, something most of us hate to contemplate, holds the key to celebrating life. And from opposite sides…

  • October 4, 2016
  • By Amy Wright Glenn

A little boy’s tears

I watch a family play soccer at a nearby park. On the surface, it’s a beautiful sight. Mother, father, and sons kick a black and white ball around. The boys laugh. The parents do some fancy foot work, evoking more laughter. I smile. From my vantage point, I occasionally hear snippets of conversation. “Great kick honey.” “I got you this time.” “Here dad, the ball is yours!” Then at one point, the youngest son dives to pick up the ball…

  • October 4, 2016
  • By Amy Wright Glenn

The last drop from my breast

Today marks the end of World Breastfeeding Week 2016. In 2014, when my son was 2 and-a-half, we participated in a special photo shoot to honor World Breastfeeding Week. I remember that afternoon so well, I remember the joy in celebrating the natural and healthy bond between mother and child. I treasure the photos taken. It seems like yesterday. But time dances by, and two years have since passed. In the interim, I’ve written quite a lot on breastfeeding. I’ve examined…

  • August 7, 2016
  • By Amy Wright Glenn

10 year anniversary of her daughter’s death

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 grieve whenever [your] heart feels the need.” Love, Amy *** Dear Sweet Sienna, Today you would be 13 years old, if you were still alive. Instead you live…

Yes She Was

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 and death as well as mindfulness when it comes to breath/living.   Yes She Was by Lisa Flato   Yes She Was Yes, she was beautiful. Yes, she…

  • April 30, 2016
  • By Amy Wright Glenn

The Joy of Teaching and Learning

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 offered through the Institute for the Study of Birth, Breath, and Death. Nineteen birth professionals, therapists, chiropractors etc. gathered to share, learn, and explore the powerful…

  • March 25, 2016
  • By Amy Wright Glenn

TEACH through Love — Interview with Lori Petro

On December 19th 2015, I posted the following meme on my Amy Wright Glenn Facebook page: Within hours, the meme was shared over and over again. Eventually it reached over 830,000 people and it has been liked, commented upon, and/or shared over 27,000 times. Clearly, the words expressed resonated. Recently, I reached out to the creator of the meme, Lori Petro, founder of TEACH through Love. We spoke on the phone and shared reflections via email. Graciously, she agreed to be…

  • January 31, 2016
  • By Amy Wright Glenn

On being called a traitor

Traitor. Christ hater. Liar. Secret Muslim. Whew! Upon the publication of my most recent PhillyVoice article entitled Take heart America: Standing in courageous unity with our Muslim American citizens, I took a deep breath. Given that hate speech/crimes against Muslims in the US are at a record high, I understood that I was putting myself out there in calling for the principles of friendship, respect, and pride in our diverse American tapestry to guide our hearts at this time. But I…

  • December 18, 2015
  • By Amy Wright Glenn

My father on hospice

  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. Yet, I miss him. I miss spending time with him. We talk on the phone. Sometimes I can’t understand his words, yet through the mumbled…

  • November 12, 2015
  • By Amy Wright Glenn