Gently Tending Grief

The Rev. Dr. Hilary Oxford Smith with music by harpist, Julie Saraswati

8 September 2018

When someone we love dies, our lives change forever. Life as we have known it, feelings and emotions as we have known them become strange and unfamiliar to us. In our culture, we are often expected to ‘get over’ the death of a loved one, sooner rather than later.

Many of us grieve alone. Sometimes we find it hard to express how we really feel with family and friends, to find the space and freedom to grieve in our own way and in our own time and transition to a new way of living with loss.

Gently Tending Grief offers you the opportunity to come together with others who are bereaved in a safe and supportive environment.

Drawing on the wisdom and insights of the Celtic spiritual tradition, there will be music from harpist and singer, Julie Saraswati, poetry and reflections, sharing stories, film, art, quiet times, blessings, smiles and good food to enjoy.

Regardless of what kind of loss you are grieving or where you are on your healing journey, we invite you to join us. Rest, relax, refresh, be encouraged and gently nurture your mind, body and spirit.

I didn’t know what the day would bring and I was a little afraid to turn up. Yet the warm welcome, the gentleness, the empathy that was extended to me was so reassuring. A wonderful experience.’

‘It was good to be with others who were grieving. I didn’t feel so alone and was able to share how I felt with people who knew exactly how I was feeling.’

‘I loved the film and the readings. Also the cupcakes and the tea and honey!’

Facilitator: The Rev. Dr. Hilary Oxford Smith
with music by harpist, Julie Saraswati

Saturday 8 September 2018


includes retreat, teas and lunch


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