May update

At last.. The first in-person Grief tending in Devon for more than a year will be on June 12th at Eden Rise, near Totnes..

Book now for May 13th on line workshop, Writing out Grief, 3 – 7pm.

Booking form is here for all workshops

More on workshops, reflections on keening and sounding, and news about Sophy’s other work, Healthy Human Culture, in case you’re interested..

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April Grief Tending Update

spring blossom laced with dew

Spring arrives in the northern hemisphere.. Take some time to remember, grieve, honour and share with others anything you’re with from your year of pandemic, lockdowns, upheaval and change. Book now for the April 16th Grief tending workshop where we will hold a space for COVID remembrance, as well as welcoming all grief.

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Newsflash – for those interested in the grief traditions of these lands, there is a Grief ceremony with Phyllida Anam-Aire on Sunday 18th April, 6 – 9PM, on Zoom. For more details and to book click here

Journeying into the Heart of Grief
Come and allow the rivers of grief to pour healing waters over your heart.
Phyllida, and a group of compassionate friends working in the fields of bereavement, will guide you into this sacred ceremony.
There will be lots of singing and Celtic Grief Mantras, or Gutha, encouraging openness of the heart of grief in us.
Phyllida worked extensively with Elisabeth Kübler-Ross in the eighties and nineties and as a ritual of gratitude to Life Itself, offers this ceremony to the community.
It will be her last communal gathering working with grief and loss.

Burnout and Grief

painting of mourning mapI have taught several times on a retreat called “Sustaining Ourselves” – combining mindfulness practices with teachings about causes of burnout. Although grief tending is not explicitly in the programme, each time a group gathers for this course there is a moment when grief breaks through into the circle. Then stories emerge, that people who are busy have perhaps never had time to grieve when their mother or father died; that a deep loss from childhood was never recognised or healed; or perhaps that an ongoing situation is causing them great grief right now, and there is no space for it.

What happens in our physiology when we don’t attend to grief? Continue reading “Burnout and Grief”