Elaine Mansfield’s book Leaning into Love: A Spiritual Journey through Grief won the 2015 Independent Publishers Book Award Gold Medal for Aging, Death, and Dying. Her TEDx talk is “Good Grief! What I Learned from Loss.” Elaine facilitates workshops, volunteers with hospice, spends time in the forest, and writes a blog at her website elainemansfield.com. This article is printed here with permission. It originally appeared on Gratefulness.org, the website for A Network for Grateful Living, a global organization offering online and community-based educational programs and practices which inspire and guide a commitment to grateful living, and catalyze the transformative power of personal and societal responsibility.
Thank you Elaine , touched , moved and inspired . Death is a journey in transition to another birth depending on our karmas in our present life . There is a sadness no doubt when loses a loved one , recently I lost my mother to Dementia after a struggle lasting two years . In the end though she could not speak she just indicated through sign language that she wanted to move on , the suffering for her and those around her was too much to bear .
Those moments--so much pain, so close to death, the world is so terribly and beautifully alive. Thank you, Elaine.
Thank you, Elaine, for sharing your story. I feel the same sense of how will I live without the presence of my dear husband, when our time to part at death arrives.....The line "Love and Grief are a package deal" is the living paradoxical truth.
What a beautiful way of capturing this precious moment, death can be such a bittersweet experience, grateful for being able to read this and thank you to Elaine for sharing it.
Beautifully touching, raw and real. Letting go is not easy and yet to allow a loved one to transition is so important. <3 <3 <3
Having read this before, I am always touched. Yes, how is it possible to have come from the underworld into the bright light of life. We touch death, and yet we must go on living in the light. Thank you for sharing your beautiful story. We are blessed to have loved so deeply, to have known another's soul so purely.