Elaine Mansfield’s book Leaning into Love: A Spiritual Journey through Grief was published by Larson Publications in October 2014. Elaine writes from a spiritual perspective that reflects over forty years as a student of philosophy, meditation, Jungian psychology, mythology, and meditation. Elaine gave a TEDx talk called “Good Grief! What I Learned from Loss” on November 8, 2014 with TEDx ChemungRiver at Corning Museum of Glass in Corning, NY.
After a career as a health counselor and writer, Elaine’s work has focused on bereavement and loss since her husband’s death in 2008. Elaine facilitates bereavement support groups at Hospicare and Palliative Care Services in Ithaca, NY and writes for the Hospicare newsletter and website. She also writes a weekly blog about the adventures and lessons of life and loss, leads workshops, and lectures on bereavement topics. Her articles have been published in The Healing Muse (print journal and on line), Open to Hope, Shambhala Sunspace, KirstyTV, Caring.com, Alzheimers.net, GriefHealing, and elephantjournal.
Elaine and her husband Vic became students of the Dalai Lama on his first visit to the United States in 1979. Six weeks before Vic’s death, he taught with the Dalai Lama in a science and religion colloquium and the Dalai Lama wrote an introduction for Vic’s last book, Tibetan Buddhism and Modern Physics: Toward a Union of Love and Knowledge.