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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

My Grandfather is Dying

Yesterday, Grandpa turned 97-years-old. Nearly 100 years ago, he entered this world. Now, he prepares for his exit. “That sure looks like my brother Darcey,” my grandpa said today. His eyes gazed at the closet in his room. A little while later, he said, “Hi mom. Will you stay close to me today?” The veil between our visual world and the wonders beyond the physical senses is growing thin. It won’t be long. I spoke via phone to my Grandpa…

  • April 10, 2015
  • By Amy Wright Glenn

Opossum Bones

  My three-year-old son and I take a walk through a fern forest in South Florida. Cyprus groves, swampy waters, tadpoles, and millions of ferns surround us. The 250-acre preserve is not far from our home. I come here when my soul needs restoration and revival. To look in all directions and see nothing human made is healing. I want my son to see the “real” Florida. I want him to know our world outside of concrete freeways, suburban sprawl, and the seemingly…

  • March 16, 2015
  • 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

Joseph Campbell, Love, and “Follow Your Bliss”

I delivered this sermon at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Fort Lauderdale on Sunday, July 27th. Note that the myth of Cupid and Psyche was shared with the congregation earlier in the service.  I build upon this myth as I reflect upon human love. ____ In the story of Psyche, our protagonist sets out to find her lover despite tremendous odds. The search for a beloved is a reoccurring theme found in mythologies worldwide. It is also a reoccurring theme…

  • January 28, 2015
  • By Amy Wright Glenn

Interviews with Amy Wright Glenn

Below is an up-to-date list of voice, Skype, and web interviews relating to Amy Wright Glenn’s work as a doula, chaplain, yoga teacher, mother, and writer. Enjoy. Adriana Lozada, birth doula, author, and the creator of “The Birthful Podcast,” recently interviewed Amy about stillbirth and infant loss. How best can we support families through these most difficult times? May the insights shared here be helpful. Nathalie Saenz, founder of Dearest Doula, a “top-ranking, alternative health podcast,” recently interviewed Amy about the religious and spiritual…

  • January 8, 2015
  • By Amy Wright Glenn