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What does it mean to hold space?

  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)  

  • February 9, 2019
  • By Amy Wright Glenn

Ten Years and Three Hours ~ Guest Post from Rabbi Karen B. Kaplan

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. I’m grateful to have the opportunity to repost her most recent reflection date, first published this month (December 2018)  in the Jewish Journal and republished here with permission and minor modifications….

  • December 29, 2018
  • By Amy Wright Glenn

Join me in Hawaii

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.”

  • November 17, 2018
  • By Amy Wright Glenn

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 Listen to Amy Wright Glenn speak about her most recent book Holding Space   Amy Wright Glenn earned her MA in Religion and Education from Teachers College, Columbia University.  Amy taught…

  • February 10, 2018
  • By Amy Wright Glenn

Sage’s story

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’s story Because it can be triggering, I want to preface my story with a disclaimer. This is a story of stillbirth. The loss of a child is such a sensitive…

  • July 12, 2017
  • 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

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

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