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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…

Reflections on Jupiter and a Day Unplugged

“Taber, I love you like the sky.” “And the moon Mama.” “Yes, I love you like the sky, and the sun, and the moon.” “And Jupiter.” ***  There’s magic in conversing with my three-year-old son. I delight in watching him play. I am fascinated with the questions he poses and his shared observations about the world. Upon learning something new, he’ll often exclaim,”That’s Amazing! I did not know that!” His declarations of love for life, nature, and family fill me…

  • March 1, 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

Working Hard to Stay-at-Home

I wish I had known how much I would love being a mother. How could I have anticipated the depth of this love? My heart opens with wonder when I watch my two-year-old son lift his arms, snap his fingers, and sway to music. Any music. We could be in the check out line at Walgreens and if he hears music, he lifts his arms in praise. Oh, the world is good to him. Despite the little, blue bruise on…

  • December 3, 2014
  • By Amy Wright Glenn

Tomorrow You Turn Two

Tomorrow you turn two. You are my little one, my constant companion, my sweet guy. Soon you will have journeyed twice around our glorious sun. Today, I watch you move, jump, and dance. We practice singing “Happy Birthday” in the mirror. I make up words and blow on your belly. Delight fills my soul as you laugh. Two years ago at this very time, my labor was picking up. I moaned with each contraction. I swayed and cried. I did…

  • December 3, 2014
  • By Amy Wright Glenn

The Hard Heart of Parenting

My body tenses. Teeth clench. Heart hardens. I don’t hurt him. I don’t yell. Yet, my heart hardens with frustration. My agenda to clothe my two-year-old collides with his interest in remaining naked. He wants to play with his trucks on the bedroom floor; I have a morning adventure planned. After several attempts to wrestle him into some clothes, he runs out of the room crying “No!” My son says “Stop!” and “No!” frequently these days. He even asserts his…

  • December 3, 2014
  • By Amy Wright Glenn

Mommy and Me Yoga

I taught my first meditation class when I was 19-years-old. Having recently returned from living abroad in Jerusalem and India, I was on fire with the transformative power of meditation. Soon, I added teaching asana to the mix. These are the physical postures for which yoga is famous. In my twenties, I became certified as a Kripalu Yoga teacher. Once I became a birth doula, I added prenatal yoga to my repertoire. For twenty years, I’ve held sacred space for…

  • December 2, 2014
  • By Amy Wright Glenn

Choosing Love

A friend of mine was a business tycoon before becoming the victim of a terrible fire. One night while sleeping in his motorhome, propane gas leaked and filled the vehicle. Once ignited, his body was burned and forcefully ejected. Upon arriving to the scene, rescue workers found him dead. Against all odds, they revived him. My friend remembers watching the ensuing drama from a calm vantage point above his body. He remembers an all-enveloping peace surround him. This peace extended…

  • December 1, 2014
  • By Amy Wright Glenn