The goal of griefwork is integration and creating a new life with forward movement while bringing the spirit of our loved ones along with us.
From 2004-2007 I lost 6 of my family members. My brother, most tragically as he was killed in a motorcycle accident while he was under the influence of drugs and alcohol. It was shocking and left tons of pain in it's wake. 6 months later my aunt, who was like a parent to me, was diagnosed with terminal cancer. Unable to deal with my brother's death due to my, then, alcoholism, I vowed in my new sobriety to be there for my family when my aunt died... and going forward. I spent the last week of her life with her and it was an honor to be present at her last breath, seeing her spirit rise and the body give way. In the next year, both grandmothers, and other family members passed and since, I've lost my father and good friends. Bearing witness to the final moments that are so hard to watch, but are so sacred to be apart of.
The heartbreak and emotions of grief can be relentless. In my clinical practice, I gained expertise in griefwork and became a certified advanced grief specialist with additional training from the Hospice Centers of America, Columbia University's Center for Complicated Grief and spiritual work with mystics, spiritual healers and elders.
This is the first time I am offering these experiences that I have created to the public outside of a coaching or clinical environment. It is not a "this is what you will make" activity. These are Sacred activities honoring lives, our wounds, finding our connections to spirit, releasing pain and learning to leave this thing called grief into our lives as they continue to carry on legacies, memories and newness.