I am from the Greater Boston area and lived in Washington DC for about 10 years on and off before moving to Vermont in 2017.
I am a former professor of religion and peace studies. I have taught courses in Christianity, Buddhism, world religions, peace and conflict resolution, and ethics at St. Michael’s College, George Washington University, Catholic University, and Marymount University.
I hold a Ph.D. in Theology and Religious Studies with a focus on Religion and Culture, specifically on how religious/spiritual psychological thought helps people heal from trauma and suffering. Since my mother’s unexpected death in March 2015, I turned my attention away from academic matters and toward matters regarding grief and the grieving process. I wanted to share my experience and investigate the culture of grief so as to normalize conversations concerned with death, dying, and grieving.
When not writing, I look after my adorable baby daughter. And when I have free time, you can find me crocheting, curling, reading, watching movies, or being ridiculous with my husband.
About this Blog
This blog is a journey, or “spiritual travelogue,” through grief and adapting to life after the death of my mother. Here, I share my experiences of grief (the good, bad, and ugly) with others who are walking the same path, offer suggestions for how grief supporters can bring compassion to their responses when they are unsure of what to do when someone they love experiences a loss, and try to make conversations about a common, yet unpleasant, subject more comfortable.
My grief travelogue includes meditations, reflections and lessons I learned, suggestions for how to move through your grief journey one day at a time, and resources (books, articles, films, and professional services) that may offer a foundation on which to build during the transition period that is grief.
Please contact me with questions I might help you answer, and observations you have about your own experiences. Or send stories of your experiences to me. If there are resources you used during your grief journey, please share them with me so that I may include them in my resource list for other visitors.
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