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Holding Space

On Loving, Dying, and Letting Go

A look at the spiritual, emotional, and philosophical implications of end-of-life care by an elegant and literary writer who is a hospital chaplain.  






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As a hospital chaplain, Amy Wright Glenn has been present with those suffering from suicide, trauma, disease, and unforeseen accidents and has been witness to the intense grief and powerful insights that so often accompany loss.

In Holding Space she weaves together memoir, philosophical inquiry, and cutting-edge research on death/dying to chronicle how we, as individuals and as a culture, handle everything from grief to mortality.

Wright Glenn is also a professional birth doula with a deep and committed mindfulness practice who has thought deeply about the significance of human love and loss.

She asks us to embrace the task of being present with what is—through courageous and mindful expressions of compassionate presence—and helps us to accept the fact of our own mortality on a visceral and emotional level, not simply as an intellectual abstraction.

Holding Space concludes by integrating key insights drawn from working directly with the dying into a moving and compelling meditation on the healing power of “holding space” for all involved in caring for the dying, a healing sorely needed in our culture at this time.

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ISBN 9781941529782
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"Probably the most fearless book I've ever read, firmly at the intersection of great sorrow and greater compassion. Highly recommended."

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"I haven’t yet come across any other resources that address the spaces of both birth and death companioning....I am so filled with gratitude for this work and Amy’s words."

Lindsay Rathert

"Reading this book is like having a deep conversation with a dear wise friend. I loved it."

Ilonka M. O'Neil

"There is a brightness that surrounds the heaviest pieces. I am not a birth or end of life professional, yet I felt that the author was writing for me as well."

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About Amy Wright Glenn

Amy Wright Glenn earned her MA in Religion and Education from Teachers College, Columbia University. She taught at The Lawrenceville School in New Jersey for over a decade. She is a Kripalu Yoga teacher, a DONA certified birth doula, and a hospital chaplain. She is also a freelance writer for... Read More

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