Free Shipping on Orders of $40 or More
Opening to Grief: Finding Your Way from Loss to Peace

Opening to Grief: Finding Your Way from Loss to Peace

Opening to Grief: Finding Your Way from Loss to Peace

Opening to Grief: Finding Your Way from Loss to Peace


Choose Expedited Shipping at checkout for delivery by Wednesday, August 24


“The book helps you meet loss on its own terms, not as a problem to be solved but as a sign of deep love.”—Megan Devine, author of It's OK That You're Not OK
All of us experience loss. Some of us have lost a spouse, or a child, our parents, a beloved pet, a dear friend, or neighbor. In the pandemic, we have lost hundreds of thousands of lives in the United States and around the world. Many of us have lost our livelihoods. All of us have lost our familiar daily routines and textures of work, family, and community. And the losses are not over.
Opening to Grief is a companion to this tender time. With the demeanor and tone of a loving friend, the authors offer an invitation to grieve fully, to turn toward your emotions and experiences however they arise, and to follow your own path toward healing.
The book explores the deep truth that grief and love are richly intertwined. Because we love, we grieve. And when we fully feel our sorrow, we open to loving ourselves and other beings more deeply.

Related collections and offers

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781590035122
Publisher: Red Wheel/Weiser
Publication date: 10/12/2020
Pages: 144
Sales rank: 1,052,995
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 5.10(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Claire B. Willis is a clinical social worker working in the field of oncology and bereavement for more than 20 years. She’s a former staff member of The Wellness Community, a national organization, and cofounder of the Boston nonprofit Facing Cancer Together. For more than two decades, she has led bereavement, end-of-life, support, and therapeutic writing groups. She has co-taught Spiritual Resources for Healing the Mind, Body, and Soul at Andover Newton Theological School. She maintains a private practice in Brookline, Massachusetts. As a lay Buddhist chaplain ordained by Joan Halifax at Upaya Zen Center in Santa Fe, she focuses on contemplative practices for end-of-life care. For the past five years, she has been a student of Koshin Paley Ellison, a founding teacher at the New York Zen Center for Contemplative Care.

Marnie Crawford Samuelson is a documentary photographer, multimedia producer, and storyteller.  Her photographs have appeared in national magazines and in two books: Lasting Words  with Claire Willis, and The Wild Braid, with poets Stanley Kunitz and Genine Lentine.  She has directed and photographed several short films. She lives in Wellfleet, MA and Berkeley, CA.


Table of Contents

Foreword xiii

Note from the Authors xv

Part 1 Opening to Grief 1

An Invitation 3

Meeting Grief as a Companion 7

Beginning with Kindness 13

Feeling Grateful 19

Opening to Mindfulness and Meditation 25

Restoring in Nature 37

Joining Together 43

Making Art 51

Writing as a Refuge 57

Welcoming the Life That's Yours 67

Part 2 Questions People Ask about Grief 73

Part 3 Deepening Practices 87

Meditation on the Breath 89

Self-Compassion (RAIN) 93

Metta 95

Keeping a Gratitude Journal 99

Being with Beauty 101

Part 4 For Inspiration 103

Poems about Grief 105

Books Worth Sharing 106

Online Resources 111

Acknowledgments 116

Notes 119

Permissions 124

Customer Reviews