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.

What To Expect

Ceremony and Interfaith Prayer

Jessica infuses her work as a Curandera and healer along with affirming prayer, gratitude, metaphysics, energywork and faith based components from various progressive Christian, indigenous, Quaker, Sufi, Buddhist and Unity/CSL paths.

Processing Emotions Through Expressive Arts

We use the multi-modal expressive arts to allow for things that can't be said to be released, to find your voice and to heal. These are positive experiences that allow for awareness, release and often, beauty.

Sacred Sharing and Memory Care

You'll be able to connect in the comments with other and each month we'll have a live Zoom session to share work and our experiences. With Memory Care, we mean, tender nurturing and appreciation for all the memories you hold.

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Your Guide

All sessions are led by Dr. Jessica Waters who is a licensed addiction counselor, registered psychotherapist, certified advanced grief counseling specialist, clinical trauma professional, mental health integrated medicine provider, RYT-500, expressive arts therapist and certified educator, with ministerial degrees in transpersonal psychology and holistic ministry counseling. She draws on her roots in interfaith worship, indigenous mentoring and heritage, her Curanderismo Espiritu training and decades of experiencing spiritual mysticism. She has training in grief counseling from Hospice Centers of America, Columbia University, PESI, and the University of Wisconsin. She is trained in expressive arts therapy through centers created by Dr. Cathy Malchiodi, Dr. Jami Marich, Shelly Klammer, Pamela Hayes, Natalie Rogers, Laury Rappaport and Sofia Universities Transpersonal Studies: Creative Expression program and The University of Florida's Healing Through the Arts program. She has received specific training in expressive arts and grief from Cal State San Marco's Center for Palliative Care. She is an active mixed media find artist working in fibers, paint, wood, collage, photography, drawing, digital media, jewelry and sculpture. She has academic education and advanced degrees in fine art, psychology, transpersonal counseling, positive psychology and holistic ministry counseling.