“Communal grieving offers something that we cannot get when we grieve by ourselves. Through acknowledgement, validation and witnessing, communal grieving allows us to experience a level of healing that is deeply and profoundly freeing.”
Grief is Medicine! When it is liquid, able to move, it cleanses us, becoming good compost to metabolize the sorrow, anger, self-consciousness, envy, numbness and many other kinds of grief that can block our capacity to authentically give and receive the gifts of life. To the Dagara people of Burkina Faso regular grief rituals are an integral part of keeping the village healthy and whole. In the troubled world that we live in today it is important for us to grieve. Grieving well can make us stronger, more joyful and more resilient. Grieving can help us begin to metabolize generations of ancestral grief but we can’t do it alone.
Together, we will create a safe and powerful container to release and metabolize many forms of grief while supporting each other, so as to cultivate fresh ground for us to realize our gifts, and bring them into this world. ASHE!
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