Grief Tending with Laurence Cole, North Carolina
November 18, 2017
8519 Pickards Meadow Road, Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Eco-Institute Community Barn and Lake Side Gazebo


TENDING GRIEF COMMUNALLY WITH SACRED WITNESS, SONG, AND RITUAL–November 18 and 19, 2017.  Saturday 10-8:30; Sunday 10 – 4  go to: to register for Grief Tending  and/or Songs of Hope & Belonging on November 17, 7-9 p.m.

In many cultures, the tending of grieving together is recognized as the “glue” of community. People come together to deeply witness each other and connect. Not only to share their sorrow, but to also renew their sense of hope, purpose, belonging, respect, and mutual support. These grief tending rituals also recognize that unexpressed, privatized grief can be toxic, and become the underlying source of illness, interpersonal stress and discord among people. Even lessening their connection with ancestral roots and the natural world. Laurence Cole, a well known song elder, communitarian, and student of cross-cultural wisdom from Port Townsend, Washington, will be leading a two-day gathering to help us reclaim and discover old and new ways of holding each other safely, as we attend to our personal and collective losses and sorrows.

We’ll be sharing as a group and in smaller clusters, singing, moving, eating together, journaling, and creating beautiful altars.

This is as much an opportunity to work on your personal grief, as it is a time to practice staying in the course in support of each other.  When we all stay engaged, one person’s work can become the work of everyone. And prepares the ground for the continuous healing release of the many faces of grief, and the harvesting of medicine that follows the forthcoming phases of our time together. Such times of communion often engender surprisingly deep feelings of greater aliveness, connection and joyous renewal.