New Moon Mira
“I lost my husband Ryan on December 31, 2020. He left behind myself and our three young daughters. Navigating grief has been so hard. Trying to figure out how to live life and raise my girls alone.Thankfully, after about 6 months I found Mira on Instagram. Her account made me feel seen, heard, and not alone. When she opened up her group, ‘I See You Sister’, I knew I wanted to join right away.
Being a part of a group of women who have experienced the same kind of loss has helped validate my experience and helped me to feel supported. Mira is a wonderful kind, gentle person who brings so much knowledge and experience in grief. I felt very safe with her, allowing me to open up and be truly honest and vulnerable. I trust Mira so much and I honestly couldn’t imagine taking anything like this group from someone else.
‘I See You, Sister’ has been such a comfort each week, just knowing that I can login, talk, listen, and be with others who understand what I am going through. I would recommend Mira to anyone who is living with grief. Her knowledge, kindness and support has helped me tremendously on my journey.”
“My husband, Reed, died in October 2019, leaving me and our three kids (18, 16, and 12 at the time). It felt like I was air dropped into a nuclear winter, where there was total chaos, no joy, no hope, and no obvious path forward. I did not know any other widows and felt vulnerable and exposed. Like a fish in a tank. I found Mira's instagram feed and began to see the possibility of surviving and maybe even thriving within my grief. Her words resonated 100 times more than the grief therapists I saw because Mira was living it out loud.
I decided to join ‘I See You, Sister’ so that I could be in a community of grievers and learn more about how to live with my grief and also support my devastated kids. I kept looking to therapists and other professionals to help me but really, I needed other people riding the same waves. "’I See You, Sister’ is a support I desperately needed. The programming is informative and serves as a platform for my favorite part - listening to everyone's stories.
We start each session with a meditation and then a check in, where we each share what is going on with us. It makes me feel less alone in the world and I find inspiration in the other women and our conversations. It is hard to be a younger widow in a world of couples. Our stuff is just different and everyone in the group ‘gets it’. I look forward to our sessions and really, really hope we can maintain contact. I care about the other women and Mira. They are my fellow widow travelers.Mira, to say I am grateful for your group is an understatement. I am just filled with awe and gratitude for the opportunity to bear witness to the other women's stories and share mine.”
“In September 2021, my husband Crocker died suddenly and unexpectedly as a result of a cardiac event. He died on the beach, where he was getting ready to go for a surf. Crocker left myself and my kids (ages 9 & 11) behind. Words cannot express the shock, disbelief, and desperation that we felt when we received that devastating news. The initial months passed in a total blur where I was surviving second to second. I attended counselling, which I found useful and I have good support from family and friends. However, I still felt isolated, misunderstood, judged and unseen. Nobody in my circle could understand the reality of my life.
I started following Mira on Instagram and her reels and words resonated with me. When Mira launched her program ‘I See You, Sister’ – I took the title as a sign – I yearned to be seen. I wanted to find community. Joining this group has given me the space to be seen and heard. I am part of a community now, I belong. I look forward to the sessions each week. Mira holds space for each of us and we listen and contribute. It is striking that although each of us has a different story and circumstance, there are so many commonalities. We understand and support each other under Mira’s facilitation. Mira facilitates in a gentle way and bears witness to our lives. She is unselfish with her moderation of the group. The topics she has chosen for each session are relevant, real, and thought provoking. Our feelings and our grief are validated and explored.
As a result of joining this program, I have gained community and I value each of my fellow widows. I feel seen and no longer feel isolated. If you are widowed, I would highly recommend joining one of Mira’s groups. ‘I See You, Sister’ has made such a positive impact on how I carry my grief and my continuing love for Crocker moving forward.”
“I joined Mira’s ‘Shoulder to Shoulder’ grief group, because the holidays are close on the heels of my beloved’s ‘deathaversary’ and birthday, and the thought of extra support during this time of heightened emotion sounded appealing. But I had no idea what a beautiful, brave, and kind group of women I would have the honor of connecting with. Everyone shared their stores with vulnerability and honesty, while simultaneously holding space and empathizing with the rest of us.
I usually find it difficult to speak of such tender, raw moments in front of strangers, but Mira fostered such a warm and welcoming environment, that the ‘stranger’ aspect quickly evaporated. Ease has been such an elusive feeling for me in widowhood, and yet somehow Mira created a safe haven in our group, where I was able to experience moments of ease in plenitude.
Mira facilitated the group beautifully, and the incorporation of breath work and movement was incredible. I found that I felt better after each session, looked forward to the next, and dreaded the ending of this beautiful experience. Thank you more than I can adequately articulate! It was deeply impactful and I gained coping strategies to take with me along this continued grief journey.”
“I lost my partner unexpectedly on June 10, 2022 and it has been the worst experience of my life. I decided to join ‘I See You, Sister’ because of the many parallels between my story and Mira’s - I felt like we could relate. I wanted to connect with other women in similar situations who would be able to ‘get it’ and who could understand all the emotions that go along with grief, loss, and this gut-wrenching uncharted journey.
The group sessions and materials were so well organized. I liked that there was a different topic each week and I enjoyed starting each session with a mindfulness meditation. I felt like I had the space to participate each session and was listened to – but I never felt pressured to contribute if I preferred to be quieter one week.
From Mira’s group I got a sense of community. The women in the group were so kind, supportive, comforting, and uplifting. Everyone’s story was so different but the trauma we all experienced and shared is the same. I have found it so comforting to share this experience with others. Grief is lonely and now, I don't feel as alone in my grief. I strongly recommend this group to others.”
“I lost my beloved husband Myron on December 4, 2020. A gall stone led to necrotising pancreatitis and in the span of three weeks, he went from playing golf to gone. I was not a young widow at 67, but grief knows no age. I found Mira on Instagram and started to follow her early in my grief journey. I found her raw and open approach to dealing with grief to be such a comfort. I would find myself saying, ‘You get it!’ at my screen.
When Mira announced her ‘Shoulder to Shoulder’ holiday grief group, I jumped at the chance to join. Each week, after a meditation, we would share our fears, our challenges, and our struggles with trying to cope with the stress and emotional upheaval of facing the holidays. After each of us shared, Mira would validate our feelings with compassion beyond her years. I felt that I wasn’t alone on this journey. At the end of each session, we did a somatic nervous system regulation exercise. It was an incredible way to ‘wake up’ our bodies and release the pent-up challenges we face as grievers. Tuesday mornings at 11 a.m. couldn’t come soon enough.
I learned from the group, that we all feel the same emotions, no matter our age. I did feel a certain maternal connection with these amazing women and wished I could reach through the computer to hug each and every one of them, including Mira, who was our anchor through this rocky journey. I can’t say enough about @newmoonmira and the impact she has had on my broken heart. I cannot wait to join another group, whether that be online or, hopefully, in person. Mira is a miracle that happened in my life and I am forever grateful.”
“My husband was diagnosed with brain cancer in 2015 and our family rode the cancer roller coaster for 4+ years before he died in early 2020. My kids were teenagers. I was feeling alone and searching for other widows to connect with.
I found Mira on Instagram and appreciated her honest openness about her own grief. I could relate to so much of what she said. When she announced she was starting a grief group, I jumped on the chance to join.
The group has been everything I've hoped for and more: Connection with other widows (who are lovely), feeling lighter & less alone in my grief, and being seen – plus, commiserating about the weird/ hard aspects of a griefy life that no one else gets. Mira is a kind, warm facilitator who creates a safe space for us to share with each other. Thank you, Mira!”
“The first time we did somatic work in our holiday grief group with Mira, something completely shifted in my body and my psyche. I felt a sense of hope. I hadn’t experienced this feeling since before my husband died. Tending to my body and what it needed through those movements somehow moved the grief itself and created a space where I felt like there was finally room to feel some lightness. I could imagine a way forward for the very first time.”
“I found Mira on Instagram through her incredible account ‘New Moon Mira’. At the time, I was amid a six-year journey with my beloved life partner and husband Ken, who was living with Glioblastoma (brain cancer). I found myself taking tiny peeks into the world of what was to come for me. I read Mira’s own story. I read her posts about loss and grief. It was so hard to fathom. I was going to become a widow. And then the day came when the world as I knew it ceased to exist. I became a widow.
When Mira offered a group experience specific to dealing with the upcoming Christmas holidays, I knew I had to join. Four months into my world-shattering loss, I was dreading what had always been such an important time for our family. I needed help to navigate it, for me, for our children. And I knew that help couldn’t come from family and friends. I needed to be with others whose worlds looked and felt like mine.
The group quickly became a place of safety for me, characterized by honesty, genuine understanding and guidance that steadied me when I felt so untethered in the world. As a gifted and experienced group facilitator, Mira created this incredible container that immediately felt safe. Each group began with a brief grounding meditation, flowed into sharing amongst one another, and ended with Mira introducing us to varied practices that were based in somatic grief work. I learned so much from Mira about how grief and trauma live in our bodies, not just in our thoughts and feelings. I then began to explore and use the somatic practices Mira taught us in the days in-between groups. I was surviving what felt un-survivable. I trust Mira implicitly and just recently registered for another group with her. I know she will continue to be an important part of my grief journey.”