grief rites foundation
Grief Rites Foundation provides support to the grieving community through awareness, advocacy and education. We create safe sacred spaces to gather in community, to hold space, to bear witness. Monthly storytellers showcase provides an opportunity for community to come together and share their stories of life, loss and love.
Grief Rites Foundation empowers each of us to be present in our grief. Grief is what is left behind following a loss. Any and all types of loss. Grief is not just a product of death; it is the product of the end of anything that we thought would be. The end of a relationship, friendship, career. The end of the dreams we have. The end of the way we thought things would be. And yes, the end of a life. We grieve when someone we love dies, our parents and children and siblings, our friends and our lovers. We crack into a million pieces and are never the same again. Something or someone ends, there's something left that goes on. That thing is grief.
Grief lives and breathes and has a life of it's own. Grief inhabits the shadowy little nooks and crannies within our bodies. We must acknowledge and give voice to our grief, allow it to move through us. Find a way to give it a voice, to be heard, to be seen, to be held and witnessed. Whether that is through words or art or music or movement, we must find a way to move the grief through our bodies and let it flow.
We don't ever get over grief. We get used to how hard it is.
When we hide and bury and quiet our grief, that is how we get stuck. It wraps it's sticky fingers around us and strangles us from the inside out. It holds us back. It stuffs us into the shadowy corners and hides all the light and warmth. Slowly, by looking right at our grief, by supporting it and acknowledging it, by talking about it and sharing it, we will find that we are not alone.
YOU ARE NOT ALONE.
Grief Rites Foundation is a pending 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.