Walking the Path of Grief
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You do not have to be good.
You do not have to walk on your knees
For a hundred miles through the desert, repenting.
You only have to let the soft animal of your body
love what it loves.
Tell me about your despair, yours, and I will tell you mine.
Meanwhile the world goes on….
Overview of the course:
Grief is our birthright. Each moment holds change. Although most of this change is the passing of the day, or the seasons shifting from warm to cold, there is also change that strikes us in a profound way. In those changes we are faced with a choice—how do we move forward?
This course will dive deep into the work of grief, looking at how it affects us, our community and our world. We will look at the ways it can manifest and the types of loss that can shift the earth under our feet. We explore how to bear witness to ourselves and others, learning ways to truly be of support. We will also look at how other cultures approach grief with the hope of learning how powerful, dynamic and transformative grief can be.
In addition we will look at core tools to help us work with grief, so that we may build a relationship with it. Grief is a powerful ally for resilience, but resilience comes from understanding ourselves and our process. The course is designed for the group to step into this process and find a way to share the story of what each in the group holds. This requires more than a surface exploration, where we simply think our way through it. Although we will look at the world of grief theory, we will constantly look at how to practically apply them in our daily lives.
Carlyle Coash, MA, BCC has worked as a spiritual counselor in hospice and palliative care, creating rituals and life transitions, including specializing in pediatric palliative and end-of-life care, as well as working with trauma, grief, and major life changes with people of all ages. He contributed to the book Making Healthcare Whole and published a chapter in The Art of Contemplative Care. He is certified as a Mindfulness Meditation Instructor and is the first Tibetan Buddhist practitioner to be Board Certified through the Association of Professional Chaplains.