Sunday, August 5, 2012

Weep with us...

You will soon forget with whom you laughed. 
 You will never forget with whom you wept. 

 -Khalil Gibran 

Every other year, hundreds of bereaved parents, siblings, grandparents, friends, aunts and uncles join with professionals such as physicians, nurses, social workers, students, funeral directors, EMS workers, psychiatrists, psychologists, and others in community and solidarity. Please join us at the MISS Foundation's 9th Annual International Gathering. Because you cannot cry away this pain. It is unmendable. It can never be all right. Someone is always missing from our family circle. So we come together and remember.

-Healing with creative arts: stone work, poetry, music, dance, performance
-Mindfulness practices: meditation, prayer, stilling the mind, yoga, ecopsychology
-Integrative medicine- physical, emotional,  social, and cognitive well-being
-Results from the Traumatic Experiences and Resiliency Study (TEARS) on parental grief, economics, effects on individuals, families, and society, pharmacological interventions
-Perinatal and pediatric palliative care
-The power of empathy
-Why grief should not be treated as an illness

We explore. We inquire. We provide. We connect. We hold sacred. We give and accept love and comfort. We dance. We even laugh.

We also weep.

Come with us and share. Tell others you know.

You won't forget this experience nor the people with whom you weep.


--Breakout workshops and preliminary schedule listed here

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The soul still sings in the darkness telling of the beauty she found there; and daring us not to think that because she passed through such tortures of anguish, doubt, dread, and horror, as has been said, she ran any the more danger of being lost in the night. Nay, in the darkness did she, rather, find herself.

--St. John, Dark Night of the Soul

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