These words are written by Stephen Jenkinson, social worker known as Griefwalker, cultural activist, artist, author of "Die Wise. A manifesto for sanity and soul" and other books. A beautiful human being. You can read more about his work here.
Earlier this year I went to his "Night of Grief and Mystery" event with Gregory Hoskins and was so deeply touched, I wanted to share. I laughed and I cried and my heart opened, and when the event ended I didn't want to go home. I asked Stephen to sign his book for me, and he did. I only opened the book when I got home. I can't read what he wrote. Beautiful artistic handwriting - I have no idea what it says. This seems perfect somehow.
Another book on grief that will touch your soul:
"The Wild Edge of Sorrow. Rituals of Renewal and the Sacred Work of Grief" by Francis Weller. What happens wen we welcome, rather than fear the pain of loss? "He offers powerful tools and rituals to help us transform grief into a force that allows us to live and love more fully."
This is the second post on Grief I wrote this year. The first one, with links to books and resources is here. Grief is a part of life we often don't want to welcome, and yet. It shows up unannounced. It shows up in my work as a Counsellor, it showed up in my personal life. I feel very unprepared to write about it, but I wanted to share the work that has touched me and I hope can support others.