Grieving is a universal process everyone experiences in their life – it is an inevitable part of being human. While at the same time we may each navigate it very differently. We invite you to really listen to yourself, find safe places, people and processes where you can allow yourself to experience your grief and.or draw support. The goal is not to feel better, “not feel”, but to know what you are experiencing is important and worthy of the space, time and care.

Although the world is full of suffering, it is full also of the overcoming of it. – Helen Keller

We all struggle in this journey of loss and expereince grief in responses to different expereinces of loss. Many of may not register the different kinds of losses that may trigger grief. In addition to a very concrete and final relational loss like death, there are more ongoing types of loss like chronic pain, trauma, health issues or big situational losses, like divorce, loss of job, or retiring. Sometimes we also experience loss in the face of “good” events – the loss of social freedom when getting married, becoming a parents or starting a new job/school.

Whatever the change and loss may be, we often lose a sense of orientation, direction, and stability. Reorienting takes time, energy, patience and hope. Sometimes it can feel like too much, as if we’ll drown in it. Take your time. Rest. Find Support. Keep going. Slowly allow yourself to connect back to life in ways that fit for you. Your grief feelings will be part of that journey, but eventually you will find more moments of inspired living too.

Are you looking for a protective space to explore grief? Dr. Patricia Vriesendorp also provides support for the community in C2’s monthly Virtual Grief Circle. Taking place via zoom on the first Thursday of the month (except January) you can check our Events Schedule to sign up for the next one.

To gain an idea of how we at C2 apporach grief and loss you can:
– look at the quotes from previous Grief Circles,
– read Dr. Patricia Vriesendorp blog “Grief is like Spring in Switzerland” and
– listen to the various C2 podcasts where Dr. Elizabeth Frei and Dr. Patricia Vriesendorp discuss grief, and loss:
Grief and Grieving
Supporting Aging Parents Through Illness and Death from Abroad

Here are different resources that could help on the journey. Others that you recomend? Let us know


Breathing Wind: by Nalia Francis and Sarah Davis: Join them “for warm, introspective conversations for grievers and anyone supporting them. You might find out that we are essentially a hug in podcast form.”
Anderson Cooper interviewing Stephan Colbert: Discussing grief and loss within their families.
– Both prominent men discuss the impact of early death of their fathers and brothers, and later death of their mothers.
Grief Uncesored: Grief Math, Grief Dreams & Using Imagination to Cope w/ Zane Landin.
– Young, lively 20 somethings’s discuss openly their own difficulties of loss and others response to them.

Other Pod cast options here.

Fiction Books:
One Moment, One Morning – Sarah Rayner
Everything I Never Told You – Celeste Ng
Foster – Claire Keegan
Before the Coffee Gets Cold – Toshikazu Kawaguchi
How it Feels to Float – Helen Fox

Non-Fiction Books:
The Year of Magical Thinking – Joan Didion
Notes on Grief – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Milk & Honey – Rupi Kaur (Poetry)
A hundred Falling Veils – Reosemary Wahtola Trommer – Website with a poem for every day
The Salt Path – Raynor Winn

Books for Working with Grief:

The Wild Edge of Sorrow – Francis Weller
A Healing Space – Matt Licata
Bearing the Unbearable: Love, Loss and the Heartbreaking Path of Grief – Joanne Cacciatore