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

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

Inspiring selections from Birth, Breath, and Death

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. Each one of us must also walk through that great, uncharted door of death.” “I love this diverse tapestry of religious expression, yet I join the mystics everywhere…

  • February 17, 2015
  • By Amy Wright Glenn

Web Reviews of “Birth, Breath, and Death”

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 something similar we have to consider when caring for others as they birth and as they die?” Beautiful. Natalie Kertes Weaver, Chair and Professor of Religious Studies at Ursuline College, composed a…

  • December 24, 2014
  • By Amy Wright Glenn

Missing Grandma: Meditations on My Mother’s Mental Illness

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 our two-year-old boy Taber. He calls her “Nana.” Read more.  

  • December 3, 2014
  • By Amy Wright Glenn

Coming Home: Transforming Pain and Embracing Beauty

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 land of my birth. My soul drinks in their beauty. I didn’t realize I was so thirsty. Nothing else signals my return home as much as…

  • December 3, 2014
  • By Amy Wright Glenn

Shifting Spiritual Landscapes

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 differently of me if I said I was an atheist, a Mormon, a Muslim, or a Jew? In class, my students compose personal reflections about their…

  • December 2, 2014
  • By Amy Wright Glenn

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 holds true for women who die in childbirth. They bleed as they open to life. The juxtaposition of beauty and pain in each birth astounds…

  • December 1, 2014
  • By Amy Wright Glenn

Book Review “Encountering the Edge”

  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 waters of meaning and emotion as she supports those standing at “the edge of the beyond.” The result is a moving and beautiful account of what it…

  • November 28, 2014
  • By Amy Wright Glenn