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Your Heart Has Been Broken Open
In So Many Ways

 

Respite for Tender Hearts

Those of us who have walked in the fire of Grief  'get it'. We know how important it is to be witnessed, and heard as well as be seen as Whole by others, even as our hearts are in pieces.

Grief does not disappear. It does not 'go away'. BUT! It does change. It does shift. It does offer us a way to lean in to the life before us. It does come with the invitation to say "Yes." to life and know that the love we continue to hold in our tender hearts will always be a part of us. 

Grief is present in losses that are related to everything from death of a beloved person or pet, to futures that will not be realized,  to divorce and pandemic losses, climate change and world divisions, illness, mortality, and yes, even ancestral grief that is  expressed in our often chaotic disconnect from Nature and our sometimes obsessive drive to 'do' and 'be productive' so that we may prove our worth. 

For Grieving Out Loud Offers mindful attention to individuals as well as resources, workshops and support as a Certified Grief Educator, trained by David Kessler. Also attending to community,  Patti has studied with Francis Weller, psychotherapist, author and soul activist, to become a 'Grief Tender' for creating and facilitating Community Grief Rituals. Calling as well on the work of Mia Hetényi, Psy D., she continues to expand her knowledge and and skills to be present with grief in all of its expressions.   

Patti also works in collaboration with Maya Etienne, The Widowed Warrior.

Wherever you are in your grief, whatever you may be grieving...

You are welcome. 

In Service to the "Yes" 

~Rev. Patti Shaffner

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Creating Space For

Griev
ing Hearts


 

Reverend Patti Shaffner, Certified Grief Educator, Grief Literacy Advocate

Now Offering Widowed Warrior Workshops

 &

Community Grief Rituals

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OFFERINGS

PEER Grief Support

READ HERE FOR INFORMATION ON WHAT PEER GRIEF SUPPORT IS AND ISN'T

 MUSIC

AS A SINGER/SONGWRITER  MUSIC HAS HELPED ME PROCESS GRIEF.
FIND MY MUSIC HERE.

Wisecracks

MY GRIEF JOURNEY BEGAN WITH A DAILY FB BLOG.

 I INVITE YOU TO EXPLORE THERE. 

 

Rituals

GRIEVING IN COMMUNITY IS HOW WE NAVIGATE UNCERTAINTY IN OUR LIVES AND TIMES.

LOOK FOR GRIEF RITUALS INFORMATION HERE

BOOKS, WEBSITES, EXPERTS THAT I HAVE FOUND HELPFUL

As Wisecracks Evolves I Have Begun To Use Substack As A Vehicle For Wider Reach

Writing On Grief and Living In Times Of Change 

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Rumi


"Your grief for what you've lost lifts a mirror up to where you're bravely working."


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Walking In Grief

The "What Now?"

I have an app on my phone that counts my steps in a day.Of course it only counts steps IF I happen to have my phone on me.Also... it only counts steps that have been physically taken by moving my body.What is does NOT count...The steps I have taken in any given day to face my reality...The steps of making phone calls to address the business of death...The steps I have taken in meditation...The steps I have taken in watching emotions rise and fall and walking my mind and heart and body back to the moment....The steps I take in dreams...The steps I take into the past that my person and I shared...The steps I take into the future that is unfolding before me...The steps I have taken away from my center...The steps I take back to myself...More than the 8,000 or 10,000 that is said to maintain my health......More than anyone can count...More than anyone knows.... not even me....And I just keep walking....

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Music & Spoken Word

Exploring Grief Through Music and Spoken Word 

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