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Opening to Grief: Finding Your Way from Loss to Peace with Claire B. Willis

“You could think of grief as a sacred passage. You are torn from the life you knew before. You are not who you were, and you are not yet who you will become. Like everything else, you are changing. You are, in a very real way, between identities. This experience—profoundly different for each of us—is confusing, agonizing, and potentially life-transforming.”

How can we open to the sorrows we all carry without our hearts completely breaking? During the pandemic, many of us have lost family members, friends, and neighbours; jobs and economic stability; familiar routines and ways of gathering together. This discussion will offer resources for building resilience and holding grief, so that we are able to connect more deeply to ourselves and to one another and to find meaning in the midst of loss.

Claire B. Willis is a clinical social worker and lay Buddhist chaplain who has worked in the fields of oncology and bereavement for over 20 years where she offers therapeutic writing and support groups. The co-founder of Facing Cancer Together, a non-profit offering a variety of support and educational services to those living with cancer, Claire is the author of ‘Lasting Words: A Guide to Finding Meaning Toward the Close of Life’ and co-author with Marnie Crawford Samuelson of ‘Opening to Grie’f.

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