A 4-week exploration for grievers & facilitators
Let’s get better at grieving TOGETHER.
Welcome grievers and tenders, mourners and space holders. In this small group gathering, we’ll be using the Radical Attunement Work (RAW) model to explore different aspects of grief. Each of the four sessions will start with educational topics, including grief sensitivity, outlining the gates of grief, and ritual. The second part of each session will be an exploration of the personal and collective grief each of us are holding. We’ll be using writing prompts, dyadic exercises, and group sharing. This group is for people who identify as both grievers and tenders; people who are grieving and witnessing others’ grief; people who are community building, consulting people and groups, and/or caring for the human + more-than world.
General routine: We’ll open with a poem and check-ins. Then Holly will do a piece of teaching around grief work with time for questions. There will be a short break and then we’ll move into a small group grief practice such as a writing prompt or sharing & witnessing. Once we’re back in the big group we’re invited to share how the practice impacted us. Last, we’ll close with short check-outs and a poem.
Facilitator: Holly Truhlar, JD, MA, is a two-time sibling loss survivor (Ivy & Brett) and has a Masters in Transpersonal Counseling Psychology. She’s apprenticed in The Sacred Work of Grief ritual training and one-on-one mentorship with Francis Weller, Comprehensive Bereavement Skills Training with the Center for Loss and Life Transition, and The Art of Traumatic Grief Counseling with the MISS Foundation & Elisabeth Kubler-Ross Family Trust. She works as a grief therapist and group facilitator, having co-facilitated many community grief rituals. Her style is soulful, community oriented, and anti-oppression informed.
Week 1: ACKNOWLEDGEMENT — Introductions, Agreements & Ground
What is Grief and How Do We Approach It?
– Lesson: Gates of Grief by Francis Weller
– Practices: Writing Shuttle and Sharing
Week 2: AWARENESS — Going Deeper
How does grief express itself? Who and what are we grieving?
– Lesson: Expressions of Grief, ATTEND Model
– Practices: Dyadic Questioning & Picture Sharing
Week 3: ACTIVATION — Supporting Grievers, Creating Ritual
– Lesson: Grief Rituals & Ceremonies + Supportive Practices
– Practices: Small Group Ritual, informed by the work of Carmen Spagnola
Week 4: ASCENSION (CONNECTION) — Ancestors & More-Than Grief Support
– Lesson: Working with the More-Than-Human World, including plant & animal kin
– Practices: Ancestor & More-Than-Human Connection, informed by the work of Alexis Pauline Gumbs
When: First four Tuesdays in August from 1:00 – 2:30pm MT. August 3rd, August 10th, August 17th, & August 24th. 90 minutes each session.
Where: We’ll be gathering on Zoom. We’ll also be connecting on holly’s haunted haven Mighty Network in between sessions.
Cost: Sliding scale $120 – $200. Lower equity rates available for those with significantly oppressed identities.
Registration: Email me at HollyTruhlar@gmail.com if you’re interested. If Tuesdays don’t work for you, let me know you’re interested and I may add a second cohort on another day.
NOTE: This group is likely not appropriate for people who are very recently bereaved. If you’re acutely grieving and would like to be a part of a processing group please email me.