One Day Workshop Co-Facilitated by Sarah and Tony Pletts
Remembering those who have died with grief rituals honours both our love and the person who has died’s significance in our lives. Our gratitude for them reminds us to live fully, knowing that we will also become ancestors one day. Most importantly, as an act of remembrance we will share memories, introducing a deceased friend or relative to a supportive group.
We will also include some embodied practices including moving to music to help us connect with our feelings. We invite you to compassionately hear the experiences of others that are shared in the group. Including and reflecting on our own feelings will then enable us to return gently back to our everyday lives at the end of the day.
What To Expect
There will be a central opportunity to celebrate someone who was significant for you. Recount details from their life and spontaneous stories you wish to share. Please bring a picture of them, an object that reminds you of them, a piece of music or song that evokes them and something as an offering. This might be their favourite food, drink, or a flower to honour them on our Ancestors shrine. We will send full details on receipt of booking form.
In addition the day will include exercises from the practice of Grief Tending in Community. It is also inspired by Martin Prechtel, Rachel Rose Reid and Pablo Villierezz’s work and the writing of Sobonfu E Somé.
GSDR Friendly – we welcome gender, sex and relationship diversity at our events. The workshop is on the 2nd floor via stairs.
Please let us know if you would like to invite us to hold this event for your community.
“In the village, there is the belief that when anyone passes, no matter what their place in the community, something valuable to everyone is lost. Every death affects every person. Everyone grieves together. One thing that is often overlooked in the West is the importance of collective grief. When a death is not grieved by the whole community together, it leaves the individuals who were closest to the deceased shattered and alone. They end up without a path back to the life of the group.” Sobonfu E Somé from Falling Out of Grace