Gratitude grief grace
Tears have a reason to be here, a tear is a prayer. It’s also a way to say yes to life. It’s the other side of joy. If you can’t express your grief, you can’t be genuinely happy. Tears enable us to be alive" - Sobonfu Some
I’ll be hosting a gentle water-based grief ceremony for women in the private group The Wild Embrace on Saturday 21st November, for those that feel called to be witnessed and speak of their grief to come together.
You will need:
- A candle
- A small container and a jug of water
- You might like to create an altar with ancestors or allies on it
Time: 10-12 pm
Cost: Free but donations welcome - £30, £20, £15 (your choice dependent on your means).
We will be online for about 2 hours. Join us if you feel called - please stay for the whole session. We will be running them monthly; please contact me to book and for more information.
It will be a small group of women where we have the opportunity to speak about our grief for ourselves, the world, our losses, and our loves. It is an opportunity to be witnessed and to speak our pain without judgement.
This is not a specific therapeutic space, but space for us to experience how grief and loss are so closely related to love. As our hearts break to one, they open the other.
Grief tending in community is a profound way to learn how to live with the grief and loss we experience every day.
Drawing on the works of Francis Weller, Joanna Macey, and others, we come together in a circle to share our grief and undertake rituals of renewal.
Grief of the world, the loss of our animal and plant species, our humanity, of our personal losses with loved ones, our health, loss of friendships... grief comes in all guises. It takes us to places we are often afraid to go, so we block it thinking we 'should be over it'. Grief can be a friend, a guide, an invitation to learn who we are, even more, to reclaim the parts that have left with the other. It can also light the way into action for this world, our planet.
We draw on Francis Weller five gates of grief:
- The first gate - everything we love, we will lose.
- The second gate - the places that have not known love.
- The third gate - the sorrows of the world.
- The fourth gate - what we expected and did not receive.
- The fifth gate - ancestral grief.
We'll also cover Joanna Macy's elemental ritual of water, learning how we can allow our emotions and grief to flow freely rather than being suppressed and turning toxic in our bodies and psyche.
Grief brings rage, sadness, numbness, and so much more; when we are able to access our emotions and allow them to flow, we begin to heal. We begin to live life again. We will always know the loss, yet we grow our lives around the loss and recognise that as the heart breaks to one, it is always open to love.
We remove the shame and open to the gifts of love that loss can bring; the gift of an open and compassionate heart.
It is a space of non-judgement, inclusivity, and warmth. You are welcome. Your feelings are welcome.
What they say:
"Thank you all who shared the space for creating a beautiful and safe space to share and express and just be held in the community. In gratitude Sarah for holding the space and for the stunning altar and circle, and for all the time and effort and your energy in creating the workshop. So beautiful, I feel honoured to be part of this work. My heart is open sharing this, in gratitude. I'm booking for the next one..."
"Thank you all for such a beautiful and heartfelt afternoon, and especially to Sarah for holding us (and the space) so beautifully"
Hosted by Sarah Bullock
I am passionate about enablement of our emotions and living an authentic life. Grief Work has for me been some of the most profound work I have participated in. It has opened my heart again to love. For to love, is to know loss, when we learn to live more fully we learn to deal with loss in a deeper and more expressive way.