Embracing Grief: Support Circle
- Thu 22nd Feb 2024, 4pm – 8pm GMT (UTC +00:00)
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EMBRACING GRIEF – SUPPORT CIRCLE
Opening to life, in a space where grief is welcome.
“Feeling so grateful and like my heart has opened more after a beautiful and poignant event. Bilal, Sarah and Tony held the space so intentionally, authentically and safely. Lovely to connect with other generous souls and I found it moving and sacred to share our grief.” - Becky
This session offers the chance to be seen and heard in the presence of a supportive group. With a focus on self-care, respect, and listening with heart, we encourage connecting with ourselves and finding our unique expression.
‘A 4 Hour Universe’
This 4 hour online grief support circle makes space for emotions away from the busyness of our daily lives. The workshop includes a series of guided exercises gradually moving towards a central Grief Circle, followed by integration. Grief Tending in community is designed to offer support with grief. Being together online can allow us to be comfortable in our own space, so that we can take care of our needs, wherever we may be calling from.
Finding support with life’s challenges and grief
This workshop is for you if you long for a space where all of you is welcome. You may be in the flow of grief, or struggling to cope with change, loss, bereavement, trauma, or in need of recovery time. Every grief is valid and unique. Feelings may include anxiety, sadness, rage, depression, emptiness and relief, amongst many others. People may bring challenging themes and strong expressions of emotion.
This Grief Workshop may not be suitable for those experiencing a severe mental health crisis, or for those feeling particularly unsupported. We're available to discuss this with you if you are unsure whether this event is right for you at the moment, so please don’t hesitate to contact us HERE
To see more about what happens in a Grief Tending workshop, and the practice of Grief Tending for grief support, there are a series of short animations HERE
If you have any questions, please email Sarah firstname.lastname@example.org
ABOUT YOUR EMBRACING GRIEF FACILITATORS
Please note the team may be different on the day, and will include at least 2 Embracing Grief Facilitators
Bilal is a facilitator, trainer and artist exploring what it means to be alive and our relationship with death. Bilal is an experienced Grief Tender and has been holding grief spaces since 2018, including workshops aimed specifically for POC and those identifying as men. Bilal hosts workshops on confronting death, Death Cafe‘s, and is training as a death doula with Red Tent End Of Life Doulas. Bilal is a senior leader at Mycelium, delivering award winning programmes on personal resilience, inclusive leadership and workplace culture.
Sarah Pletts (she/her) is an experienced facilitator. She has spent hundreds of hours sitting alongside people finding their way with grief. She brings an embodied understanding of mortality and consent to the practice of Grief Tending. She has come through chronic illness, been a care-giver, and has a deep connection with the natural world. As an artist-maker she designs experiences that inspire, and creates beauty through ritual (www.loveandloss.co.uk). You can find her hand-drawn animations at www.griefsupport.org.uk/videos. She regularly co-facilitates with Tony Pletts, Bilal Nasim, Sophy Banks, Jana Light, Rasha and others. She lives in Hackney with partners, chosen family and friendly squirrels.
Tony Pletts founded his art direction and construction company Einstein’s Octopus in 1987, a flexible business that's allowed him to pursue other creative paths. Tony’s made radio programmes for BBC Radio 4 (his North Korean mini series was nominated for a SONY) and has just finished his first book, Love To The Power Of Three. A rich and varied life has frequently exposed Tony to the teachings of grief and he started facilitating workshops with Sarah in 2019.
Embracing Grief Ethics Statement:
"It was such a heart soothing and soul-enriching experience to participate in the space you created. I felt so utterly welcomed, free to bring whatever was alive in me, and never pressured to be anywhere I wasn't. I had moments of feeling a huge resistance in myself, and was allowed to dance with that and invite what was hiding underneath. The threads that you wove to create our container felt so gently, lovingly and intentionally woven, held with both sincerity and lightness." - Anon
“Thanks so much for creating a space of support and love. I felt safe at all times and the suggestions to move off screen or turn off the camera meant that I felt I wasn’t stuck to a box on screen. All the facilitators held space for each person and guided it when needed.” - Liselott
This event requires a free zoom account which you can set up here: https://zoom.us
Instructions on how to join will be included in your confirmation email.
£20 Low Income (limited number)
Once you have purchased a ticket, you will receive an Advance Info Form which we require to be completed before the workshop - This is both to help you to prepare for the session and for us to be able to support your needs.
NOTE: We only send the Zoom link and what to bring upon receiving a completed Advance Info Form.
There will be a maximum of 12 available places excluding the team. A number of these places will be available at the Low Income rate for those who are either unemployed, have insufficient/unstable income or are clearly unable to afford the Standard price.
Note: We will start on time, please join the Zoom room a few minutes before start time.
ZOOM ROOM OPENS: 10 minutes before start time.
NO ENTRY AFTER: 15 minutes after start time.
ENQUIRIES: Sarah - email@example.com
Attendance requires a working internet connection, and a Zoom account (you can download for free). If you have any access requirements please get in touch. If you haven’t used Zoom before, please join 10 minutes early to download the free software and check your connection.
This workshop is fully inclusive to everyone regardless of age (18+), ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, disability, religious beliefs and otherwise.
Please note: We require a minimum number of attendees for events to go ahead.
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