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Opening to Grief
Finding Your Way from Loss to Peace
Co-Author Claire B. Willis, Co-Author Marnie Crawford Samuelson
ISBN: 9781590035269
Book (Paperback)
Red Wheel Weiser, Dharma Spring
5 x 7
144 pages
January 14, 2022


“Excellent and simple and as clear as a needed glass of water in the desert. I cannot think of a better companion for our current time.” —Katy Butler, New York Times bestselling author of The Art of Dying Well

All of us experience loss. Some of us have lost a spouse, a child, a parent, a beloved pet, a dear friend, or a neighbor. In the pandemic, we have lost hundreds of thousands of lives in the US and around the world. Many of us have lost our livelihoods. All of us have lost our familiar 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.

"Claire B. Willis, a clinical social worker, has been working in the field of oncology and bereavement for more than twenty years. As a lay Buddhist chaplain ordained by Roshi Joan Halifax at Upaya Zen Center in Santa Fe, she focuses on contemplative practices for end-of-life care. She is a student of Koshin Paley Ellison, a founding teacher at the New York Zen Center for Contemplative Care. She maintains a private practice in Brookline, Massachusetts."
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Marnie Crawford Samuelson is a documentary photographer, filmmaker, and multi-media producer.
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