Dr. Karlene Stange is the author of the new book, The Spiritual Nature of Animals: a country vet explores the wisdom, compassion, and souls of animals. As a child, Karlene wanted to be an “animal doctor” before she knew the word “veterinarian.” Today she incorporates acupuncture, traditional Chinese herbal medicine, and nutritional therapy into her Rocky Mountain practice. She often speaks at conferences and lives in Durango, Colorado.
The pain of heartbreak can be seemingly endless but you can break free—whether the heartbreak comes from a divorce, a breakup, a death, or the loss of friendship, health, a job, or a dream. Psychotherapist Susan Anderson is the author of The Abandonment Recovery Workbook. Susan has devoted more than 30 years of clinical experience and research to helping people overcome abandonment trauma and its aftermath of self sabotaging patterns. A leader of the abandonment recovery movement, she reaches out through her websites, workshops, and media to share her methods of abandonment recovery with abandonment survivors from around the world.
Ann Neumann is the author of the brand new book, The Good Death: An Exploration of Dying in America. Ann is a visiting scholar at the Center for Religion and Media at New York University, where she is a contributing editor to The Revealer. The Good Death presents a fearless examination of how we approach death, and how those of us close to dying loved ones live in death’s wake.
Terri Daniel is the author of the new book Turning the Corner on Grief Street. Terri is an ordained interfaith minister, clinical chaplain and intuitive counselor who assists dying and grieving individuals to discover a more spiritually spacious understanding of death and beyond. Her unique perspective on birth, death and the journey of the soul helps the dying and the living find meaning and healing through meditative and ritual practices that open a conduit to other dimensions.
Dear Paulo, My husband recently died after a long battle with cancer. What I would like to know is will my husband continue to be able to guide me? Where can I go to feel his answers? I miss his presence and strength yet I feel his love.
-– Cynde, Rancho Santa Fe CA
What a beautiful question … your love shines through … and what a blessing to have experienced a true love in this lifetime!
Most of us have beliefs about death and the hereafter, and I suppose our faith must be our reality in that department. In any case, I am reminded of the counsel my spiritual teacher Mataji Indra Devi would offer the bereaved: “Do your best to let them go, let them move on,” she would say. “It can be hard to complete the grieving process, but it is best to set them free to move into their next dimension, rather than holding them back with your emotional needs.” Mataji was a wise mystic, who had lost two husbands in her own long life, speaking from nine decades of personal experience at the time.
Don’t worry … your husband will always be in your heart and that is where to turn for the answers you need going forward. Now your soul is calling upon you to trust yourself like you trusted him. It’s the best of both worlds — you can feel your husband’s love whenever you want, and let it support you in learning to love and trust yourself!
Gehlek Rimpoche presents his book, Good Heart, Good Death: Tibetan Wisdom on Reincarnation. He was born in Lhasa, Tibet, in 1939, is a highly regarded Buddhist teacher whose deep understanding, drawn from the rich wisdom of the Tibetan culture, is presented with simplicity and humor. He is an incarnate Lama of Drepung Monastic University, the largest Tibetan monastery that ever existed, housing at its zenith over 13,000 monks. Rimpoche received the scholastic degree of Geshe Lharampa, the highest degree given, at a exceptionally young age. He gained renown for his powers of memory, intellectual judgement, and penetrating insight.