Making Space For Grief

The past few months I’ve been reflecting on this quote by Jamie Anderson: “Grief, I’ve learned, is really just love. It’s all the love you want to give, but cannot. All that unspent love gathers up in the corners of your eyes, the lump in your throat, and in that hollow part of your chest. Grief is just love with no place to go.”

I gave the following talk and meditation on Making Space For Grief on April 15th at Mudita Mindfulness Community. Back then, we were still in the early stages of the global COVID-19 pandemic, beginning to get a sense of what it is we are losing and grieving.

The pandemic is still going on, with new layers of loss and sadness. But even before the pandemic, loss and grief were natural and normal parts of our daily lives. And they always will be, for as long as we love.

If you’d like to explore how to tenderly hold yourself in moments of grief, you may tune in to this talk:


This talk begins with an exploration of grief as an expression of deep love, and stories of grief and loss from the pandemic. It continues with guidance on how to hold your grief tenderly, how grief intimately relates to letting go and forgiveness, and how to approach grief practice while staying safe and regulated. While the talk was originally given at Mudita Mindfulness Community at the height of the global COVID-19 pandemic in early 2020, the lessons in it are applicable to everyday life.

If you would like to skip the talk and only practice the 14 minute meditation, you can do so here.