Grieving: Endings, Losses & Change
Grieving is a skill that must be learned.
It has been largely overlooked and undervalued in our culture. In this program, you learn to grieve fully and responsively.
Life involves ongoing experiences of attachment and separation, situations of helplessness and disappointment. We experience separations, losses and endings through deaths, relationship breakups, aging, career changes, geographical moves, children growing up and leaving home, failed dreams, interruptions in life through illness, injury or trauma. Our personal grief is further fueled by grieving, consciously or unconsciously, for our planet, our environment or the state of our world.
Whether transitions are planned or unpredicted, whether changes are chosen or beyond our control, they are endings demanding that we leave people, things, places, or a way of life behind.
This program is for people who are grieving or who must learn to grieve separations, endings and losses, such as:
- Relationships – separation, divorce, death, disappointment
- Body and Life Transitions – illness, surgery, abortion, aging
- Change – career change, relocation, financial status
- Global Concern – planet, creatures, environmental destruction, poverty, war
Through a range of experiential forms, including the creative use of ceremony, you will learn about the grieving process and have the opportunity to release the grip that the impact of your losses has on your heart, your mind, your body, your feelings, your life. Together we will grieve fully. You will create a map toward strengthening your core and renewing your wholeness as you step forward to embrace the rest of your life.
We don't often make time to grieve. Sometimes we don't give ourselves the permission and space -- we keep a 'brave face' or 'stay strong' thinking that's what's best for us and those around us. Other times the endings, losses, or changes are not one acute event or episode, but a gradual shift with no clear time to mourn. In all cases, we may not know how to actually process our grief.
When we don't grieve fully and responsively, we carry the experience(s) with us and hold them in our bodies. This can have negative implications for our physical, mental and emotional health and wellbeing in the short and long terms. If you want to learn this essential life skill and embrace the rest of your life, join us for Grieving: Endings, Losses & Change in September.[This program does not require approval by the registrar of the Private Training Institutions Branch (PTIB) of the Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills and Training. As such, the registrar did not review this program.]