December 15, 2018 (7-8pm) — Candle Lighting to Remember Children Who Have Died (Parish Hall of the Cathedral of All Souls)
We are very pleased to haved hosted our third Candle Lighting event. Our gathering was held in conjunction with the annual worldwide celebrations organized by groups affiliated with The Compassionate Friends. However, our ceremony took place a week later due to a winter storm.
We were joined by several grieving families who wished to honor their children, siblings, and other relatives and friends who have passed through this world. In addition to Joanne’s opening remarks, we heard from invited speakers Ariel Schumaker-Hammond (LCSW) and Greg Lathrop and Said Osio (who coordinate Death Cafe Asheville and operate thirdmessenger.com). Greg also gifted us with flute music that framed the formal part of our gathering.
We shared candle light, the names of our beloveds, tears, and love. Afterwwards, we enjoyed conversation about life, death, support, and self-care. We are very grateful to all who attended and to everyone who helped us to circulate news of the Candle Lighting in person and online!
November 3, 2018 (12-8pm) -- Death Faire 2018, sponsored by Abundance NC
We were thrilled to take part in this Abundance NC community event in Pittsboro, NC. Joanne facilitated an embodied grief activity from our Creative Grief Workshop and Will gave a short talk on the International Necronautical Society. At our Inviting Abundance table in the Vendor Village, we spoke to many people processing grief and/or working to help others engage meaningfully in living, dying, and grieving. We were also happy to give out samples of Finlay’s Garden Herbal Honey and some other botanical treats. Thanks to everyone who attened our events and who stopped by our table! We hope to continue the conversations and see you at next year’s Death Faire!
July 15, 2018 (9am-4pm) -- Reiki 2 Class & Attunement
This was Will's first Reiki 2 class. It was a great challenge to introduce practitioners to the esoteric sign system underpinning Reiki healing. We finished the class with a clear understanding that there are many ways to integrate Reiki into one's life. You don't need to know how you'll use Reiki in order to explore it in depth through one of these classes. Looking forward, we still believe that Reiki 2 would be especially helpful for those in the medical & healing arts: nurses, doctors, midwives, doulas, chiropractors, herbalists, massage therapists, etc.
May 20, 2018 (9am-4pm) -- Reiki 1 Class & Attunement
This was Will's second Reiki 1 Class. Students gained an insider's understanding of the practice of Usui Reiki; they learned how to utilize Reiki healing on themselves and on others. Less an introduction to Reiki and more of an instant immersion, this course attuned students to the first level of Reiki understanding while providing an in-depth overview of this spiritual art.
For more information on Reiki (and specifically, Distance Reiki), please see Will's 4-part blog available here.
March 4, 2018 (8am-3:30pm) -- Reiki 1 Class & Attunement
Will really enjoyed teaching hist first Reiki 1 class. He offered students a tour through the history of Usui Reiki, an overview of Reiki healing practices, a discussion on the role Reiki plays in self-care, and the first of three Reiki attunements. Familiarity with Reiki was helpful but not necessary for students -- the only requirement was an open mind and an open heart!
Feb 17, 2017 (10am-3pm) -- Creative Grief Workshop
In our second workshop, we did some heart-opening breathing, gentle yoga, and tea-drinking activities. We also drew maps of our grief worlds, which we shared with one another. And then we got up on our feet for activities that helped us think through our emotional responses to grief and our interactions with others in everyday life. Writing prompts between activities helped us to process our insights, feelings, and observations.
Dec 10, 2017 (7-8:30pm) -- Candle Lighting to Remember Children Who Have Died (Parish Hall of the Cathedral of All Souls)
Our Candle Lighting Ceremony took place in conjunction with The Compassionate Friends's 21st Annual Worldwide Event. For those unfamiliar with The Compassionate Friends , it is an international organization that supports bereaved families in the wake of a child's death with peer-led chapter groups, online resources, and a yearly (national US) conference.
Tonight, communities across the Earth gathered at 7pm (local time) to create a 24-hour wave of light as they honored and remembered our beloved children.
In addition to the candle lighting, we spoke the names of our children and grandchildren. Will talked about the practice of hope and Joanne spoke about white pine as a support for our "grief immune systems". We also wrote out gifts that we would give to ourselves in the coming weeks: patience, quiet, etc. We are grateful to those who joined us for this evening of healing!
Nov 16, 2017 (6-8pm) -- Conversation about Grief at Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe
Megan Devine, author of It's Okay that You're Not Okay: Meeting Grief and Loss in a Culture That Doesn't Understand (Sounds True, 2017), and Inviting Abundance's Will Daddario, author of To Grieve (Ugly Duckling, 2017) discussed topics related to grief, loss, love, and healing.
This conversation seems especially timely with the approaching holidays & the myriad emotions and expectations that can accompany them for those of us who are grieving. It was great to meet more members of the grieving community in Asheville! Thanks for those who attended.
Nov 11, 2017 (10am-3pm) -- Creative Grief Workshop
Our work together included grief mapping exercises, journaling, and embodied activities that led to personal reflection and group discussion. Additionally, we participated in a tea-drinking mindfulness exercise and discussed some herbs that can prove especially beneficial during grief. Our attendees, we hope, left our workshop with new ideas for thinking, seeing, and feeling their way through their grief journey.