Grief is a universal response to the pain of loss. Each person has their unique response to grief, and that response frequently comes into tension with cultural expectations of how long, intensely, or publicly our grief “should” appear in our lives. The psychological consensus is that the only wrong way to grieve is to try and suppress or ignore our grief, however we experience it. Grief is considered an essential part of coming to grips with the reality of loss and adjusting to the new conditions of life.

The Geography of Sorrow

"But now we’re asked — and sometimes forced — to carry grief as a solitary burden. And the psyche knows we are not capable of handling grief in isolation." - Francis Weller

Dabda: The 5 Stages of Coping with Death

The five stages of coping with dying (DABDA), were first described by Elisabeth Kübler-Ross in her classic book, "On Death and Dying," in 1969.

Initiation Dreams, Part II: Grief and the Underworld

Bereavement can have both healing and transformative potential, when worked with on a deeper level—especially in the realm of dreams and myth.

Just-Like-That Mind: A Great Zen Teacher on Navigating Loss and Grief

The mismatch between the knowledge and the longing is perhaps the most anguishing of all human experiences.

Through a Glass Darkly: Miriam Greenspan on Moving from Grief to Gratitude

"Well, the Buddha taught that we increase our suffering through our attempts to avoid it." - Miriam Greenspan

How to Live and Learn from Great Loss

Julia Samuel specialises in helping people cope when a loved one dies. Joanna Moorhead finds out how we can stop feeling awkward and uncertain about death – and why we should talk honestly about grief.

Life as Moments of Mercy: An Interview with Stephen Levine

Much of the work that Ondrea and I do is the work of encouraging the mind to sink into the heart. We explore grief—not just the grief of the loss of a loved one, but the loss of safety, confidence, and trust which accompanies grief.

What Death Teaches About Life: An Interview with Frank Ostaseski

Frank Ostaseski, an internationally respected Buddhist teacher and pioneer in end-of-life care, has accompanied over 1,000 people through their dying process.

Love, Grief, Forgiveness & Healing: An Interview with Stephen & Ondrea Levine

Letting ourselves be forgiven is one of the most difficult healings we will undertake. ~Stephen Levine, “A Year to Live”

How Men Die Differently

A conversation with Frank Ostaseski, founder of the Zen Hospice Project.


Death and Dying