Grief is the psychospiritual and experiential process we undergo when feeling the depths of a significant loss. Loss comes in many different forms, such as the death of a loved one or the devastation of the Earth. When we experience any type of loss, grief is always waiting to take us by the hand and lead us through what David Whyte refers to as "the learned and slightly desperate disciplines of letting go."
Grief assists us through stages of initiation and transition, and has the potential to be one of our most significant teachers. Drawing us closer to the sweet, tender and fierce experiences that help to dismember us, grief alchemizes pain. Ushering us away from the immobility of despair, we find ourselves in the transformative waters of the Soul. It is, as Miriam Greenspan would suggest, "an opportunity not for 'resolution,' as in the popular parlance, but for transformation: a wholly new awareness of reality, self, beloved, and world."
"Sorrow is part of the earth's great cycles, flowing into the night like cool air sinking down a river course. To feel sorrow is to float on the pulse of the earth, the surge from living to dying, from coming into being to ceasing to exist. Maybe this is why the earth has the power over time to wash sorrow into a deeper pool, cold and shadowed. And maybe this is why, even though sorrow never disappears, it can make a deeper connection to the currents of life and so connect, somehow, to sources of wonder and solace." Kathleen Dean Moore
How does one grieve?
Grieving can be done in both solitude and with community. As your guide, we will focus on the sovereign work done by you as an individual. Together, we will create a container that allows for the deepest and fullest expression of your lament.
Lamenting is a passionate expression of grief and loss. Whether it be through song, dance, art, or writing, various tools and techniques will be used to act as a portal for expression. Through your grief work, you will create a larger body of expression intended to honor and hold sacred that which you are letting go of or have lost.
Only until we understand fully what it is we are letting go of can we truly honor its existence, and transform our lives.
This work involves:
Identifying what you are letting go of or what you have lost
Cultivating lament portals to express your grief, and give it a body & voice
Using body-based techniques to feel the depth of your loss
Cultivating patience for the indefinite time spent grieving
"Tell me about your despair, yours, and I will tell you mine" Mary Oliver