You are warmly invited to join us for a day of grief tending in community, holding and witnessing one other in the beauty and complexity of this mystery we call grief.
We welcome those experiencing current grief for bereavement, health issues, life changes; and those seeking to heal or address long-term grief, passed down through families and culture.
We welcome those grieving for the natural world, for the destruction of what we love, and for future generations.
We welcome those whose grief is stuck or frozen, or who want to deepen their relationship with grief as a force for personal and cultural transformation and healing.
All of this and more is welcome.
There are many facets to this question. As we step into the waters of grief, we often discover that it also helps awaken our joy and our sense of aliveness.
Sharing our vulnerability and witnessing each other in our grief can be a strong medicine that helps bring us home to what it is to be fully human, in solidarity with each other and with the natural world.
In these times, as we seek new and better ways of supporting wellness and growing community and connection, being present with this most human of experiences may well be one of keys to bringing about deep personal and cultural transformation.
Have a look on our website for a longer piece reflecting on this question:
Why Grieve Together
And here are some personal testimonials to find out what others say about this work:
We will travel through the spiral of the Grief Tending in Community approach, as pioneered by Sophy Banks and team, and we will explore the 'gates of grief' map offered by Francis Weller, another key source for this work.
Connecting with what is resourcing and holding us in life at this time, through invocation and gratitude, we will create a strong container together as we begin to touch-in on the troubles of our individual and collective soul.
Working with tried and tested practices, we will tend what arises through a combination of work in pairs and in triads, in circle sharing, song and ceremony, and we will have a time of soothing and integration to finish.
We'll be meeting at the Sea Scouts Hall in Lakenham. The hall is spacious with an outside area that looks out onto the flowing River Yare.
This event will be facilitated by members of the Norfolk Grief Tending team.
We encourage participants to connect up with each other to arrange lift shares, to help out those who don't have transport, but also to be mindful of fuel consumption.
You can join the Facebook group here to offer and ask for lifts. If you're not on Facebook, we will try to facilitate connections for you, just drop us a line.
Bookings for this event will be closed 24 hours in advance. This is to give both the facilitators and the participants adequate time to prepare for our journey together.
For those joining the waiting list in the event we are are fully booked, if a place becomes available more than 3 days prior to the event, you will receive an email inviting you to signup, and will have 24 hours to complete your registration. If you are offered a place less than 3 days beforehand, you will have 4 hours to complete your registration.
If you can't make it for this event but would like to be kept informed about future events, please signup to our email list here:
With thanks to local artist Rob Barnes for our event images. You can look at his linocut creations here
This event is organised in association with the Gathering Gates
We're offering this on a gift basis. Your initial £20 is to reserve your place, a kind of placeholder deposit, refundable on the day. Please get in touch if this is a problem for you as we don't want finances to be a barrier.
We'll be inviting additional financial gifts and will send more information to help you think through how much you would like to contribute.
We would be grateful if you would answer the fairly in-depth questions in the booking form, to help us in preparing for the day.
Further details about what you can expect from the evening and how to prepare will be sent on booking.
We are a registered Charity and we can boost your donation by 25% by claiming Gift Aid, without you paying any extra. Gift Aid is reclaimed by us from the tax you pay for the current tax year. All we need from you is your consent, and your address. We appreciate your support with this.
Reserve Your Place
We're offering this on a gift basis. Your initial £20 is to reserve your place, a kind of placeholder deposit, refundable on the day. Please get in touch if this is a problem for you as we don't want finances to be a barrier. We'll be inviting additional financial gifts and will send more information to help you think through how much you would like to contribute.