Monique-Minahan-Warwick's-2I’m Monique. Daughter of Aleyda, granddaughter of Concepcion, and great-granddaughter of Angelica.

I wrestled with depression from my early teens and became a widow at 25 years old. In my early 30s I left religion and found yoga, which I credit as taking me from surviving to thriving.

These days I write. I teach yoga. I mother my son. I laugh a lot. Not enough, but I’m working on that.

I post daily on grief here.

You’ll find old samples of my writing on elephantjournal and The Huffington Post.

The Grief Practice is my second book on grief and loss and first (successful!) attempt at creating a beautiful, art-filled, large-format, workbook-style book.

I live in San Diego, California, where I plant giant sunflowers every spring and believe at least six impossible things before breakfast.

I send a note to you once a month or so if you say yes here. No bells-and-whistles, just some honest words from my heart to yours.

What would I say if the whole world was listening?

This is not a dress rehearsal.

What would you say?



8 Replies to “about”

  1. I prepare brief “Children’s Messages” for our Sunday Morning Church Service. I discovered your website while researching picture of “ugly rocks”. Your spirit comes through the internet. God Bless you!

  2. Dear Mo,

    I lost my precious son this November will be four years..he was only 32..my port in the storm and always had my back…the pain of losing him was the joy of loving him..I struggle everyday..read your article on huff post..you wrote everything I feel..thank you so much..love and light

    1. Thank you for reaching out Carol.. I am so sorry for your loss and thank you for sharing a little about your son and your heart… isn’t it strange how the love and light can coexist with the sadness and darkness? I can never quite wrap my brain around it but somehow my heart can contain it all. all my love xox

  3. My beloved husband passed away suddenly a little over a year ago. In a bereavement group through Hospice I read your writing, “If grief could speak…” and it was so comforting. I would love to attend a yoga and grief class of yours. Where are you located? Thank you so much, Ginni

    1. Hi Ginni. Thanks for reaching out. I’m so sorry for the tremendous loss of your husband. I teach in Encinitas, CA, which is northern San Diego County. Where are you? I also teach a Grief In The Body workshop a few times a year, also locally right now. The next one will be in September. It’s a couple hours on a Sat or Sunday. I’d like to expand that to other locations eventually but right now it’s San Diego. I’ll be presenting at Camp Widow San Diego next month in case you’ve looked into that also? xox Mo ps. Feel free to email me at thegriefpractice@gmail.com

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