Grief Support Network is deeply grateful for the generous Dagara people of Burkina Faso, West Africa, for bringing their profound and healing grief ritual tradition to our culture. As a community, we have been blessed with the presence of Sobonfu Some, before she passed away in 2016, to teach us her village’s ways of honoring the ancestors and coming together as a community to share in collective grief. Our ritual is informed and facilitated by Wendy Kaas who was trained in this tradition.
Rituals are actions done in purposeful ways that symbolize something much more than the acts themselves. They always serve to connect us to something else, generally something greater than our own solitary selves. We may engage in ritual as we seek peace, clarity of mind, or to become more grounded. We may want connectedness to family, a particular person, our culture, society, traditions, ancestors, or even to our own selves.
Grief associated with a loss of a loved one can feel unbearable. Acknowledging and expressing your grief in community through ritual can help you feel less isolated and burdened. Participating in Grief Rituals allows you to access and work through your grief in a safe and constructive way. Sometimes people unearth deep emotions that need continued attention. Remember that grieving is an ongoing process in our lives.
In GSN’s Grief Rituals, participants report that they:
- Feel more heart-connected
- Feel a sense of being cleansed
- Feel less isolated
- Feel lighter after the experience
- Feel a new or renewed connection to your ancestors
- Feel unburdened by your grief
- Leave with a sense of clarity or centeredness
Join us as we work with some ancient tools to help us access the deeper parts of ourselves we couldn’t otherwise touch. Come drum, sing, and create a village together that has the power to honor and transmute our grief into the next stage of its journey.
“As we slowly come to the end of the ritual, there is a mixture of elation and exhaustion in the air. This form of soul maintenance is hard work, but it is necessary to keep us available to life. As we close, the participants are moving and swaying to the song we have been singing for hours. Their tears have washed them clean, and their faces are shining. The room is lighter. The participants’ bodies are giddy with joy–a wild alchemy of sorrow and joy, played out once again, as it always has been, in the container of sacred ritual.” – Francis Weller
Upcoming Community Grief Rituals for 2017
Cost: $35 for each ritual
Special pricing when you purchase our Grief Ritual Package: Buy tickets for all three 2017 rituals and receive a 15% discount off the total price. Click here to register for June 4th, September, 17th and December 3rd.
To attend individual rituals:
June 4th, 2017: Click here to register
September 17th, 2017: Click here to register
December 3rd, 2017: Click here to register
“Bring a Friend” discount: Introduce a friend that has never attended a grief ritual before and you get 15% off your ticket price. Simply purchase two tickets. Use code FRIEND.
Feel free to bring water bottles, flowers, drums/shakers, and any items that represent your connection to the ancestors.
Please note: Purchased tickets are non-refundable but they are transferable to another person to use on that date. A past ticket cannot be used for a future ritual.
Questions? Please email firstname.lastname@example.org.