Grieving and Growing in the New Year

Here is a list of things that can help those of us who are grieving  so we can go into 2011 with optimism and good faith.

Stay fit. This online resource explores the overlapping worlds of yoga, health, food, and medicine. The creator Christina (@Palmer_CS), a fourth year medical student, talks yoga, nutrition and gives great book recommendations.

Zen Habits – Smile, Breathe & Go Slowly: This site features one or two articles a week on simplicity, health & fitness, motivation and inspiration, frugality, family life, happiness, goals, getting great things done, and living in the moment. One of my favorite posts on Zen Habits: 31 Ways to Motivate Yourself to Exercise

Follow them at @zenhabits.

Eat well.

Meatless Mondays: This site provides relevant articles and yummy, healthy recipes. And as you might have guessed, they promote meatless Mondays. Bonus: By cutting out meat once a week, we can improve our health, reduce our carbon footprint and lead the world in the race to reduce climate change. Follow them at @meatlessmondays.

Food Matters: A great documentary about the healing power of food. The documentary is entertaining and informative. Plus their awesome site includes health resources, a community forum, and more! Follow them at @foodmattersfilm.

Help others.

Muhammad Ali said, “Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on Earth.” Not only do we all have an obligation to give back to our communities, it’s also a great way to turn your energy of loss into positive change.

From 10 Reasons to Volunteer: A Complete How-to Guide
1. Meet new people.
2. Teach others.
3. Have fun.
4. Tackle a new challenge.
5. Develop new skills.
6. Inspire others. Be inspired.
7. Raise your awareness.
8. Build a strong community.
9. Help others reach their potential.
10. Make the world a better place.

Get started today!

(Note: Many hospice facilities require that it’s been at least one year since the loss of a loved one.)

Live with purpose. Mallika Chopra started this amazing movement where members share their dreams and aspirations, and receive support from others. It’s a great way to start every day.

“My Intent is to connect with others by sharing and listening to each other’s stories.” – Mallika Chopra

Be creative.

Absorbing the creative work of your favorite filmmaker, comedian, or musician can serve as a great refuge for healing. Exploring the creativity of others introduces you to new ideas and unique ways of thinking. The expression of others can also inspire creativity of your own.

This year I’ve had the pleasure of working with amazing writers who were courageous enough to share their experiences of loss with genuine heart and candor. It can be a daunting task but I encourage anyone who is interested in writing a Tell My Story to go for it. I’d love to hear from you in 2011!

Happy New Year!

Lauren Muscarella

Lauren Muscarella

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Lauren started the blog Mama Quest ( in May 2010 to share stories of her journey through loss after losing her mother in 2006 at age 20. The blog also serves as an outlet to pass on wisdom she received from her mother, who died of breast cancer at 52. After an overwhelmingly positive response to the blog, she launched Trauma to Art (, a movement to support and facilitate creative expression from those who have experienced loss. Now Lauren works to build the Trauma to Art community while writing a book of creative arts therapy activities for confronting grief as well as preserving the memory of lost loved ones. In her spare time, Lauren enjoys volunteering, traveling, wine tasting, and learning to speak French.


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  • Lauren Muscarella says:

    Lizabeth, you add sunshine to my day! Thank you so much for your kind words.

    Much love,