A Journey Through Grief: Gentle, Specific Help to Get You by Alla Renee Bozarth Ph.D

By Alla Renee Bozarth Ph.D

For these folks operating during the heartbreak of grief, writer Bozarth deals clever and comforting suggestion.

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Page 52 About the Author The Rev. , was one of the first eleven women who were ordained as priests in the Episcopal church. The ordination of this group, which created a stir in ecclesiastical circles and drew international attention, took place in Philadelphia in 1974. As a priest and also as a therapist, Dr. Bozarth practices ''spiritual midwifery,'' guiding others to find emotional and spiritual health at Wisdom House in Sandy, Oregon. Alla speaks and writes about the grief journey from personal experience, as one who has lost both of her parents and her husband.

Page 44 The long deep love labor of a screaming belly, a belly in the brain, a belly in the soul, permitting my body to be broken among earth's grave bones. I swim in inner sea water though I do not know how to swim. Come near only if you are willing to dye your skin with your own blood and lie with me face down on the ground. Later, we shall move out to join the feast in our common house of healing. Page 45 Scars Grieving is an art like surgery or verse, essentially the art of healing loss or losses unaccounted for.

They come from nerve, and grate. Even muscle groans under their sounds. Skin erupts in the effort of trying to understand. I am dried out from loss of tears. And sometimes here are screams. Page 42 I grow suddenly dizzy, caught in the white-out of an inner tundra storm. Without focus I cannot tell if I am going somewhere or holding still. I want to move freely in this country and live here again. I want to respond well to its voices and weathers, learn its new laws. I want to feel its welcome again.

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