Grieving and healing are inextricably linked. Opening to grief leads to an improvement in one’s quality of life, and closing to grief causes more pain, sorrow, and further suffering in the short and long terms. Reaching out to others for help, support, and inspiration is a sign of great strength and courage.
Popular culture in the United States (and likely in many other places) does not want anything to do with grief. The word itself scares people away. Yet, many, many people are grieving something heavy on a daily basis, and the work to alleviate the stigma of grief is necessary, timely, and healing in itself.
WE HAVE SEEN
How permission to grieve lightens the heart. How communities of people with little in common form tightly around the shared experience of traumatic loss. How working together to soothe grief’s sting transforms into deeply meaningful interactions in everyday life. How healing helps us on individual, familial, and societal levels.
Listen. We feel you. You have lost a loved one, or you are watching a family member decline. Or you absorb the pain of environmental catastrophe and weep for the suffering of animals. Maybe you struggle with chronic pain. Or you engage in work that puts you in close contact with others who are suffering. Perhaps you recoil from social incivility, political absurdity, and racial violence. You experience your own suffering and that of others in technicolor, and you just can’t seem to plot a course forward.
We recognize these pains as grief, as a weight that you are learning to carry - perhaps awkwardly, perhaps gracefully. We know that grieving can be hard and slow and scary. Our endeavor is to help people like you cultivate a sustainable and sustaining grief practice that embraces the pain of these hardships AND generates practical, creative, and empowering ways for you to continue living. We want to help you with your grief work, not only so that you can heal yourself but so that you, too, can help fellow grievers.
Testimonials for Our Grief Work
"After the recent loss of my mama, I found out about Inviting Abundance and their upcoming grief workshop. The timing was perfect. I felt safe, welcome and held from the moment I stepped into the space. Joanne and Will met me where I was in that moment and the variety of exercises and activities supported my grief process in such a beautiful and genuine way. I am very grateful for my time with Inviting Abundance and I look forward to more workshops in the future." - Clare D.
"Joanne & Will are weaving their impressive backgrounds in the performing arts, education & philosophy to offer nurturing workshops on healing from loss. Their love for each other & their own journey as loving grieving parents, lends grace to the important mental tools they offer, such as grief mapping. Where else can you find two PhDs whose hearts are open? I recommend their work wholeheartedly.” - Sheridan H.
Guided Creative Grief Work
By choosing to work with us, you receive:
4 sessions (60-90 minutes each) during an agreed-upon timeline in which we work on your specific area(s) of need;
Unlimited email support during the span of these 4 sessions, which you can use to solicit advice, brainstorm ideas, respond to questions, or think through writing;
Suggestions for reading, listening, or viewing based on your experience and interests;
Access to all of the resources we have compiled over the years of our personal grief journeys;
Practical & creative strategies for opening to your grief;
Mentorship and compassion from fellow grievers
**Package Cost - $200-300 (pay what you can within that range)
**Please Note: If you wish to continue our work together, you will receive a 20% discount on your next 4-session package.