Sitting with Each Other in Grief and Loss

Sitting with each other in Grief and Loss

When you lose someone you love,
your life becomes strange,
The ground beneath you becomes fragile … 
(John O’Donohue)

Date:      Good Friday, March 30th.2018, from 8 – 10pm
Venue:   An Talamh, Skreen, Co Sligo (Direction: Drive out main road towards Ballina. In Skreen turn left towards Lady’s Brae Mountain (at the Health Center there, sign for Holy Hill Hermitage). Drive Road up for about 2 miles until you come to a crossroad. Turn left, drive 500 m. There is a derelict white cottage first on left side. Turn immediately left into lane (Stonepark). An Talamh is at the end of the lane. Miles: 17 from Sligo Town.)
Cost:       10 Euro.

Loss is part of the human condition. Death and bereavement we all know. The pain of grief visits us all regardless of culture or belief system. Loss of relationship, home, job, health, way of life is just some of the ways that loss show its face. The language of loss and the process of grieving involve tears, anger, sadness, questions, wondering. Sadness like the other emotions demands to be felt.

Failure to grieve can often leave us depressed, stuck, angry, anxious and unfulfilled. Often we deal or fail to deal with loss by being busy. “Ah sure, I just keep myself busy” is a familiar answer to the question “How are you now”? Men often prefer to die of a heart attack than embrace a broken heart. Sometimes it is easier to get angry than to feel sadness. Women seem much more at home with tears and talk.

There is a solidarity in standing together and sharing our grief. This Good Friday offers participants to be together in their garden of grief. In a safe and confidential environment and in the presence of a caring and empathic community, participants are invited to share their stories as a way to honour their loss. People will also have the option to sit in silence and experience the empathy, and understanding of another in an energetic way. A poem you may benefit from reading is: “When Great Trees Fall” by Maya Angelou.

If you are interested, please feel free to contact me as numbers will be limited.

A dawn celebration of ‘New Life and Beginning’ again will be celebrated on Easter Sunday at a local beach, if we have a number of early excited birds!! With kind regards,

Peter

Cloonaghbawn, Ballinfull, Co. Sligo

Website:  www.peterdevlin.ie

Phone:     (00353) 086  3663276

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