Tending The River of Grief: A Community Ritual

Tending to the River of Grief with Erin Geesaman Rabke

Friends, you are most warmly invited to join me on Sunday morning, October 28th, for a special community ritual to honor the grief we carry.
In case you missed it, a few months ago I made a video talking about why you might be interested in tending grief through ritual. You can watch it here.

You can also read a post I wrote about the original calling I got to tend the river of grief in community. It's here. 

If you'd like to join me for this community ritual, we'll be meeting in Millcreek Canyon from 10 am till about 5 pm. We'll bring lunch. We'll come together and share our hearts, with words, with gestures, and in silence, together. While this day-long grief ritual is far shorter than the 3-day events that my mentor, Francis Weller, regularly hosts, it will allow us access to significant healing time. This is sacred and necessary work.

A few days before the event, I'll send you specific details on where we'll meet, what to bring, and etc. I'm planning on meeting in a special spot in Millcreek Canyon.

Please know it's a come-as-you-are event with zero pressure as to how you express grief or not. You may weep, you may be a quiet witness, you may be numb, you may be surprised. However you come, your presence is a valued thread in our community tapestry. All that's required is your humanity and your willingness to be present. You're welcome to come whether you are grieving, tearful, pissed off, numb, or full of trepidation. You are welcome just as you are.

To have your grief held and witnessed in the compassionate space of community is a gift. To witness the grief others carry, with compassion, is a gift.  It's no longer "MY grief." It's just grief, and something each of us carries. We are not alone.

I offer these gatherings freely as an expression of community service and am honored to pass 100% of the donations on to a non-profit organization. You can donate as much or as little as feels right.

I'll choose the recipient(s) of the donations after the event, and always share details on the donation with all those who participate. Often something comes to the fore - for example, either a natural disaster or a donation may be inspired by the particulars of what people are grieving. (For example, donating to the Nature Conservancy for grief over lost wilderness, or donating to a local LGBTQ organization when people are grieving queer kids who are suicidal.)

I'd be honored if you'd join me.

Once you sign up, the healing may already begin.

Recognizing that grief and love are two sides of the same coin offers us a generous doorway to welcome our feelings, to not pathologize our experience, and to come together as true human beings with hearts tenderized by loss and beauty.

If you have any questions feel free to reach out.