Grieving – the sacred art: Hope in the Land of Loss

Published April 2018

“Lisa Irish shows us that grief is our ally in the Land of Loss, and indeed, her book becomes our ally as well. Her insightful study and creative descriptions of grieving tap into our own experiences of loss. The roadmap is wise, but sensitive – grounded in hope – and reminds us to rest in God’s healing love.” 

                   Richard Rohr, OFM The Center for Action and Contemplation

“There is a path from darkness into light. It is long and lonely. Lisa Irish has assembled a community of companions for this journey whose wisdom and whispers of encouragement lift the most broken among us. This book is a hand stretched out, an arm around the shoulder—it is tender, strong, reliable. Of all the books on grief, this is the one I would offer to a fellow soul on that bewildering journey through loss.”          Jan Phillips, author No Ordinary Time

A new book in the “Art of Spiritual Living” Series by Skylight Paths PublishingGrieving – The Sacred Art: Hope in the Land of Loss makes a space for love in our sadness and guides us into a Land of Hope.


Also in print

Grieving With a Grateful Heart-sq

Grieving With a Grateful Heart

Published by Abbey Press in 2016 with illustrations by R.W. Alley, this “Elf-Help” book helps the reader cultivate a spirit of gratitude for lost loved ones. The gentle, simple presentation assists grieving through reminders of love that will always endure.

Grieving with a Grateful Heart

23174 CareNote:Feeling Alone After a Loved One Dies

This inspirational pamphlet was published in 2015 through Abbey Press. It acknowledges the challenges of loss with suggestions such as traveling inward and cultivating trust.

CareNote: Feeling Alone After a Loved One Dies





CareNote: Grieving with a Grateful Heart

Abbey Press published this inspirational pamphlet in 2013. It outlines themes such as embrace the legacy and trust the rhythms of grief to support those who are grieving.

CareNote: Grieving With a Grateful Heart


Open To Hope

Open to Hope is an online forum giving voice to grief and recovery


Open to Hope Radio on YouTube: Lisa Irish: Spirituality and Grief, 18 Jul 2015


Promptings of Hope, 22 Feb 2018

Returning to the Land of Loss: ‘Enfranchising’ our Grief, 21 Apr 2016

The Last Christmas Stocking, 24 Dec 2015

Joan Rivers’ Death Highlights Value of Advance Directives, 06 Sep 2014

Responding to Loss: Moving On, Moving Forward, Moving In, 02 Aug 2014

The Chauffeur’s Flower: Memories of an Early Loss, 26 Jul 2014



Emergence from the Land of Loss: The Sacred Art of Grieving

Guest blog at Kathy Pooler’s Memoir Writer’s Journey, 19 March 2018


Speaking of Loss and Grief

Guest blog for Mercy-by-the-Sea Retreat and Conference Center, Madison, CT   02 Oct 2017


How Writing about Grief became my Sacred Ground

Guest blog at Kathy Pooler’s Memoir Writer’s Journey, 17 April 2017


Face Fears and Feelings through Strength and Courage

Tomorrow newsletter Spring 2016, published by Prokowall Funeral Home in Green Bay, WI. Reprint from the October 2015 Glimmer