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Tending Grief:

a holistic way forward 

*the redwood*

Essence of this Seed:

*Grief Support

*Threshold Choir

*Somatic Activities

*Mandala Making (see images)

*SoulCollage Workshop (see Artistic and Somatic Insights)

*Grief Ritual

*Celebration of Life and Memorial Services

*Guided Meditation

*Death Café

*Circle of Trust

*Forest Bathing 

*Walking the Labyrinth

*Conversation, Witness, and Deep Listening

*Personal Retreat Opportunities



"Grief is praise

because it is the natural way love honors what it misses."

        --Martin Prechtel from The Smell of Rain on Dust

       This is the tenderest seed...

These offerings strive to provide support to individuals, families, and communities as they process and transition through the days, weeks, and years following the passing of a beloved.

Grief is a life long process, something that will always be with us as our "love honors what it misses." 


"The ocean refuses no river, no river.

 the ocean refuses no river, no river..."



Tending to the Ill and Dying

*The Threshold Choir:  Offering the gift of bedside singing for those on the threshold of life and death, and for their families and caregivers.

       Santa Cruz Threshold Singers: (831) 854-7766

*Hospice of Santa Cruz County: volunteer visitor services

*Death Doula: Providing emotional, spiritual, physical, and logistical support to families and individuals near the end of their lives

       Jennifer des Cognets can be contacted via email:          

*Mesothelioma Hope: a caring team helping mesothelioma patients and their loved ones, providing free mesothelioma resources


Tending to the Bereaved

Book Recommendations:

*The Smell of Rain on Dust: grief and praise

by Martin Prechtel

*Bitter-sweet: how sorrow and longing make us whole 

by Susan Cain

*A Time to Grieve: meditations for healing after the death of a loved one

by Carol Staudacher

*The Wild Edge of Sorrow: rituals of renewal and the sacred work of grief

by Francis Weller

*Here If You Need Me: a true story

by Kate Braestrup

*The Unspeakable Loss: how do you live after a child dies

edited by Nisha Zenoff, PhD


Grief Support Recommendations:

* Bicycle Health: how best to cope with grief in recovery

"Understanding how grief typically works can help. Realizing how grief can trigger your desire to relapse and planning ahead to conquer challenges is even more helpful"


*David Kessler weekly emails

and his online grief support groups are called Tender Hearts

*Compassionate Friends:

supporting families after a child dies

*Hospice of Santa Cruz County: grief support

*Helping Parents Heal: Facebook group for parent and families after a child dies. Private group, ask for membership

Tending to the Body:

*Sea Spirit Memorial:

"Specializing in Ocean Memorization, Ash Scattering and Full Body Burial at Sea"

(831) 336-2244


*Better Place Forests:

"A memorial tree is a private, established tree that serves as a resting place for cremated remains. Ashes are mixed with soil and spread at the base of the tree, becoming forever a part of the forest."

*Recompose: a full-service funeral home specializing in human composting

"Recompose works directly with you and the people in your life to ensure respectful, empathetic service from the time of death through the body's transformation into soil."

Creating mandalas made from nature's gifts of stones, leaves, wood, coral, sand, seaweed, flowers, bone, and other bits of matter you find is a holistic way of honoring your beloved departed and of processing the loss. It is a way of telling the story of your relationship, exploring what is settled, what is unresolved, and to give it shape so it can be attended to somatically and artistically. Perhaps, in this process, you can learn more about your own life going forward.



YoniVerse Monologue

"The call to ministry haunted my periphery for most of my adult life" A deep-hearted sharing of my own life processing the death of my precious son.



This video, by the Cleveland Clinic, shares a profound, empathic insight: 

"Could a greater miracle take place

than for us to look through each other eyes for an instant." 

          --Henry David Thoreau

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