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Love, Loss and Sorrow: The Holy Work of Grief

November 6, 2015 @ 7:00 pm



Suggested Donation $20 – Tickets Available here

Join us for an evening with Francis Weller exploring the theme of Love, Loss and Sorrow: The Holy Work of Grief. He will share insights and readings from his new book, The Wild Edge of Sorrow: Rituals of Renewal and the Sacred Work of Grief. His presentation will illustrate the layers of grief we all face in our lives, and he will offer ways of working with grief that can transmute sorrow into something vital and renewing in our lives and the life of the community. Immediately following Weller’s presentation, Numina will sponsor a candle-lit labyrinth walk in Farlander Hall.

Francis Weller provides an essential guide for navigating the deep waters of sorrow and loss. He will talk about the obstacles we all face when trying to grieve: hidden private pain, a lack of community rituals, a pervasive feeling of personal fear, and a culture that only welcomes some emotions. Weller highlights the intimate bond between grief and gratitude, sorrow and intimacy. The greatest gifts are often found in the things we most avoid, and he will help us transform grief into a force that helps us live and love more fully.

“Loss binds us together in a potent alchemy, confirming the heart’s intimacy with all things. Losing someone or something we love brings us into the shelter of our mutual grief. Grief and love are sisters, woven together from the beginning. Their kinship reminds us that there is no love that does not contain loss and no loss that is not a reminder of the love we carry for what we once held close. alone and together, death and loss affect us all.” -Francis Weller


Have you experienced the loss of a loved one? Do you mourn the ongoing destruction of our planet? Have you suffered the weight of traumas that a lifetime can bring? Western patterns of amnesia and anesthesia make it hard to cope with personal and collective sorrows. But, there is a new vitality we can encounter when we welcome, rather than fear, the pain of loss.

Francis Weller, MFT, is a psychotherapist, writer and soul activist. He is a master of synthesizing diverse streams of thought from psychology, anthropology, mythology, alchemy, indigenous cultures and poetic traditions. The core of his work is creating pathways to reclaiming our indigenous soul, what psychologist Carl Jung called the “unforgotten wisdom” that resides in the heart of the psyche.

LabyrinthCome join us for a walk on the labyrinth! Walk the path of contemplation. Take with you your sorrows and joys. Carry your deepest questions, your deepest emotions. Follow the steps of the labyrinth to the core of your spiritual being. The music of Hildegard von Bingen will guide you on your way. A labyrinth facilitator will be present.

Suggested Donation $20 – Tickets available here

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