About Edie Hartshorne

Author and Multimedia Artist

Edie’s prize-winning memoir Light in Blue Shadows has offered solace and hope to bereaved families and individuals. In a series of finely rendered vignettes, she describes her emotional and spiritual odyssey following the unexpected death of her 20- year-old son Jonathan. Learn how she emerged from grief into gratitude in her beautiful book available on Amazon.com and bookstores around the world, and in the video below, Finding Home.

In honor of her 80th birthday and the 10th anniversary of the publication of Light in Blue Shadows, Edie is launching a new multimedia blog Transforming Grief: Intimate Conversations with Poetry, Music and Art.  Subscribe here and receive her complimentary blog and discover tools for grief recovery.


Edie is a therapist (MSW) specializing in integrative health services, especially for those who have suffered a loss. Edie is also a certified Feldenkrais® Practitioner integrating somatic work with spiritual inquiry and music, poetry and art. For 35 years, Edie has facilitated new insights and greater well-being for clients through her holistic approach.  Discover more about Edie’s healing work through an introductory session in her tranquil Japanese tea house.

Global Peace Activist

Specializing in meditative music, Edie composes and records on Japanese koto and Native American bamboo and clay flutes. She also does sound healing through Tibetan bowls, Japanese temple bells and Chinese gong.  

In recognition of her work using music for international healing (including performances with Thich Nhat Hahn and the Dalai Lama), she was elected a Fellow of the World Academy of Art and Science.

She has created several audio recordings  of her heart-mending music.

Peace ceremony with villagers and Vijali Hamilton of World Wheel.