Grief, Grace & Gratitude
An end of year contemplative practice.
It’s been a long year that’s just flown right by, and I am surprised to raise my head and discover that the days are getting shorter, the weather colder, and that we are headed once again into the holiday/ end of year season.
For me, this is always a point of reflection. Of gathering my thoughts and experiences from the past year, and making space to approach the new year thoughtfully and with intention.
Most people don’t know this, but this past year has held some major moments of grief for me. I lost 2 Grandparents, cornerstones in my life, in a span of 10 days. While it wasn’t an unexpected loss, I’m still working through it.
Last year many of you joined me to make space for an end of year reflection, and a thoughtful look forward. We called it “Thankful Thursdays”. Grounded in gratitude, we took a look at the months that had passed, and set intentions for the year to come.
This year, I’d like to offer to hold a similar space for practice. I can't complete my own end of year reflections without including the processing of grief, and I suspect the truth is that many of us are harboring some sort of grief that benefits from processing. It's my belief that we benefit from holding space for this together.
This year, I’d like to honor the Grandparents who joined the ancestors and live in my heart. I’ll do my best to include the modes that would have been their preference - visual art, poetry, reflection and I’ll include some “woo” since that’s just part of how I do this work.
Instead of charging for this program, I’m asking that donations be made to one of the wonderful groups listed below.
Donate what you can, and send me an email at email@example.com to register. Please include:
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Please note, as this years’ offering is donation based it does not include the welcome package that I sent out last year (notebook, candle, tea/coffee, love note). I did get feedback that many participants enjoyed these packages, and that they helped them continue their regular practice. If you would like to receive a package this year, please let me know in your email. You can Paypal or Venmo me directly for these and I’ll be happy to put them together and send them out. (Price based on number of interested participants.)
I look forward to sharing these practices, and holding space for our work together.
If you’d like to learn more about who this program honors (for me), you’re welcome to check out the obituaries for a tip of the iceberg view of their amazing lives.
Louise L. Averback - https://www.dignitymemorial.com/obituaries/canton-ma/louise-averback-10361691
Freddy H. Frankel -
Please donate to one of the following prior to registering. Thank you.
The Boris L Henson Foundation - https://borislhensonfoundation.org/
“Founded in 2018, within a short time, BLHF has built its reputation on the promise of providing trusted referrals and demonstrating a deep understanding of the population health of communities of color. Through timely and relevant programming and awareness campaigns, it is the hope that mental health will become a known quantity within Black communities, helping the Foundation to achieve a critical mass of Black self-care advocates and allies nationwide. Through a myriad of corporate partnerships, BLHF encourages mental wellness; raises awareness of the stigma and the use of stigmatizing language when referring to mental illness; provides mental health resources and support, offers scholarships to Black students who seek a career in the mental health field; extends mental health services to young people in underserved schools and communities, combats recidivism and supports re-entry for returning citizens.”
American Society of Interior Design Foundation - https://www.asid.org/foundation/reasons-to-give
“The ASID Foundation is working to build a stronger, highly-educated, and socially-conscious design community. The Foundation is dedicated to providing the resources and tools necessary to grow the interior design profession through scholarships, research, and education with the support and donations of members like you.”
Together Rising - https://togetherrising.org/give/
“Together Rising transforms collective heartbreak into effective action. In a world where crises abound and heartbreak is in every community, people who want to help often don’t know where to turn. Together Rising is where to turn….Together Rising identifies what is breaking the hearts of our givers as they look around their world and their community, and then we connect our givers’ generosity with the people and organizations who are effectively addressing that critical need.”
Thankful Thursdays Winter 2020 is now complete. If you would like to join-us for the next season of the program, please drop your email below. We'd love to have you!
Danielle is a warm, gentle, no bullshit voice that you need in your life. The practices she encourages you to incorporate (in whatever way works for you) are designed to equip you for a journey of self-exploration. Deceptively simple on the surface, the invitation Danielle extends is one to a deep, worthy path of getting to know yourself.
With Danielle's assistance, I have become more aware of the challenges and patterns in my life.
This insight has enabled me to take deliberate action and be more conscious with where I spend my attention, energy, and time. She reminds me of the value I have and encourages me to recognize that for myself so I do not need validation from her or others.
I can say I am more connected to myself, my loved ones, and the world around me because of her patience and candor.
Danielle is a heart-centered soul who provides guidance and resources to keep us grounding in love during tumultuous times. Her program is beneficial for anyone at any point in their life!
Danielle's program provided a holistic support system for my personal and professional growth. I was able to explore being uncomfortable in a nonjudgmental way which helped me to manage many stressful moments through 2020. Using the practices provided grounding and allowed me to focus on areas in my life I have control over, instead of being distracted with everything going on.
"Thankful Thursdays" was the right course at the right time. I was not looking forward to winter's darkness, and Covid only increased my sense of isolation. When I heard about Danielle's course, encouraging participants to use the time between Thanksgiving and the December holiday season to go inward and take a different type of journey (different than my usual flight to warmth and sunshine), I decided to give it a try. Definitely the right decision!
Through weekly journaling, prompted by motivating questions and inspiring videos, I was able to create some discipline around my soul searching and instead of having meandering thoughts around "What's it all about?" that often comes with the shorter, darker days, I was able to harness my thoughts into new lines of thinking and new ways of being during a time that I usually find challenging, to say the very least. I was able to reach inside myself in new ways and go to places which I otherwise might not have reached for, let alone found.
I think that this is an excellent course to do every year between the holidays and highly recommend it to anyone interested in gathering more light both within and around their own personal journey.
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