To grieve is an act of belonging to humanity. It is an expression of honoring and remembering that living as humans requires us to be born and to die, to step into and out of the physical forms we call bodies, and to love along the way. When we grieve, we embody love, praise, and gratitude for what has died, is dying, or will die. it is an act of beauty and despair at the same time. Grieving makes our love visible.
To grieve well and completely we must grieve together, in community. Grief requires a container bigger than that which we can create for ourselves and holding far beyond what one set of hands can offer. Part of the medicine of grief is being witnessed in our love for other beings and ideas and receiving reflections of our love from those witnesses in the form of words, movements, sounds, images, touch and more. Only with this kind of sacred tending can our grief fully alchemize into relief.
Community Grief Circles for Women are small, in-person circles that seek to bring women in the flow of grief together to:
Grief and loss take infinite forms, and all are welcome in these circles. Big grief and small grief. Light grief and heavy grief. Old grief and new grief. From the death of a loved one, to ancestral grief, to the extinction or endangerment of plants and animals, to social injustices, unfulfilled expectations or unrequited love.
If you find yourself longing for this type of sacred space to support your grief journey, and are willing to participate in the co-creation of this space to support other women in theirs, we wholeheartedly invite you to step into a community grief circle.
In each circle we will:
These circles are facilitated by death doula and Women of the Water founder, Lisa Cheney-Philp, and are inspired and additionally resourced by the following books:
Each circle meets in-person at the location specified and is limited to twelve participants. Registration is required. Circles with fewer than three participants may be cancelled or moved online.
The cost is $30 per person, per circle
Winter 2023 Dates:
Spring 2023 Dates:
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