An Apprenticeship with Sorrow: Community, Ritual, and the Sacred Work of Grief
Recorded live in October 2020, this series of four talks offers pathways to cultivate a lifelong relationship with the inevitable presence of loss and sorrow. Beginning with the premise that grief is not only an emotion, but a core human faculty, Francis examines ways to develop the skills needed to face the ongoing losses and disruptions in our daily lives. Topics include: the ideology of individualism leading to feelings of separation and emptiness; the six elements in our apprenticeship with sorrow, how trauma and soul loss can be held; the Long Dark that deepens our capacity for imagination and repair; and the role of love and power in ripening our intimacy with the living world. A rich and engaging series, complete with Question and Response segments, writing practices, meditations and reflection questions. Comes with a PDF with guidelines for individual or group process.