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
PEER Grief Support
READ HERE FOR INFORMATION ON WHAT PEER GRIEF SUPPORT IS AND ISN'T
AS A SINGER/SONGWRITER MUSIC HAS HELPED ME PROCESS GRIEF.
FIND MY MUSIC HERE.
MY GRIEF JOURNEY BEGAN WITH A DAILY FB BLOG.
I INVITE YOU TO EXPLORE THERE.
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
Walking In Grief
The "What Now?"