Grief Ceremony

Grief Ceremony

honouring our grief – connecting to our care

Questioner: “What do we need to do to save our world.”
Thich Nhat Hanh: “What we most need to do is to hear within us the sounds of the Earth crying.”


Many of us feel scared to open to the truth of our time for fear of being overwhelmed by despair and a sense of powerlessness. We may feel deeply impacted by what is going on but there seems to be no place, no opportunity, no invitation to connect with our pain for the world and the grief, shame, anger, guilt this may entail. We may come to believe that the presence of these difficult emotions means that there is something wrong with us, forgetting that they are in fact natural and healthy expressions of a caring heart.

Over the past months many people have voiced a wish and a need for an opportunity to express their grief, to open to their pain for the world and to honour it as an important step of healing towards a more sustainable and engaged care for the world.

We would like to organise and create a ceremony/ritual where we can come together as a community in a safe and held way to acknowledge our pain and our grief for what has been lost and is going to be lost and ultimately to honour our care and love.


There are some ideas floating around but we would very much appreciate any input from your side. Maybe you have been involved in something like this and would like to share your experience? Or you may have some ideas and suggestions, or would like to get involved in the organisation of a grief ceremony? If this is the case please contact and

“When you are sorrowful look again in your heart, and you shall see that in truth you are weeping for that which has been your delight.” ~ Kahlil Gibran

5 Responses to Grief Ceremony

  1. Miriam July 10, 2014 at 12:48 am #

    Thanks for this…. I think this is SO important. Acknowledging grief is the beginning of healing. Will be in touch….

  2. Hannah July 19, 2014 at 5:10 pm #

    Yes this resonates strongly for me and I would like to be involved. It is my deep love for the earth which feels the grief of these times and I wish to honour that love – and the pain of it.

  3. Marie April 13, 2015 at 2:34 pm #

    This is so important.

    To create a ritual is one way.
    Beforehand some creative “exercises”, helping people to get in touch with their emotions and at the same time to enhance the holding power in the group, may be good.
    To have a contained group is important. It is always good to use some creative expression, because it is holding in itself.
    This is powerful work and it is important that the people in charge and the ritual and Group itself can hold all the emotions.
    It is important that is becomes a “positive”, healing experience, so people are not left in a state they can not handle.

    Best of luck!

  4. Alexandra April 17, 2015 at 4:07 pm #

    Yes, it feels important to support each other and share these feelings of grief and so move through the sense of powerlessness that can arise when we remain on our own with these feelings

  5. Joe August 26, 2017 at 8:04 pm #

    This is a great idea. Much needed to connect us and to prevent burnout. I would be interested in attending and helping out: I have interest but very little experience of the Work that Reconnects which it sounds like this will draw on.

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