“I went, not knowing what to expect. I went hoping to receive comfort but wasn’t confident I would. So, I was really surprised at what awaited me.

The facilitators were very well prepared. All had experienced losses of their own and had been able to take that terrible experience of loss and move forward. That was what I was looking for. How could I face the next 20 to 30 years looming ahead? The facilitators did not give answers or platitudes. Instead, they talked about possibilities for now, for the next 20 years, for a new life. I am so blessed to have participated!”

ALISON M., 2023 workshop participant

Learn more about The Faith & Grief Workshop

Each session described below:

Session One – The Healing Power of Story
We explore ways to begin telling your grief story and the spiritual practice of breath meditation.

Session Two – How Grief Affects Us
We focus on how our feelings affect us as we grieve and explore the spiritual practice of journaling.

Session Three – Acknowledging the Feelings
We learn to acknowledge the feelings present in grief and explore spiritual practice of the labyrinth.

Session Four – Continuing the Bond
You have the opportunity to share the stories of your loved one with the group. We explore the use of memory in our grief.

Session Five – Compassion in Grief
We discuss the relationship between compassion and grief, specifically self-compassion. We explore the spiritual practice of the Prayer of Examen.

Session Six – Gift of Lament
We discuss the definition of lament and how to incorporate lament in your journey. We invite participants to create a lament as a spiritual practice in navigating their grief.

Session Seven – Your New World
We focus our discussion on your resilience and finding new meaning in life. We examine integrating activities that promote comfort in our grief journey and the healing prayer of the mandala.

Session Eight – Light in the Divine
This is an interactive commencement service of remembrance and celebration. We mark the end of our time together and celebrate the lives of our loved ones we are grieving.

Visit the Event Calendar and find group grief support online and in-person hosted locally.

Grief Resources

Resources You Can Use Now

Listen to our Faith & Grief Podcast, read or listen to a book from our book club and find ways to remember your loved ones, like visiting the Faith & Grief Memorial Arch.

Stories of Comfort & Hope
Remember Your Loved Ones
Read about Grief & Love