I partner with people who are in the early stages of grief to provide a space for them to share how grief is showing up, to learn skills to support their grieving process, and to explore the insights and lessons that can accompany grieving.
This is not therapy. Grief is a natural, human response to loss. We all need to talk about it and sometimes we have a hard time finding the right place for it. A grief partner can give you that space. You don't have to show up in any particular way and you can express the breadth and depth of your grief without having to worry about being judged or feeling like you are burdening anyone. Grief partnering can be done while you also attend therapy or other services so you can get the full spectrum of supports you need.
This video provides a brief description of how I partner with people in grief.
We can work together one-on-one in virtual grief partner sessions that allow you to have the full space and time to yourself. Some people prefer this opportunity to share their experiences and feelings more in-depth. Grief partner sessions can include a personalized guided visualization, tools for supporting how grief is showing up just for you, and privacy.
Another option is to join a six-week grief circle. These are small, virtual gatherings with others who are grieving. Each circle, you have an opportunity to share how grief is showing up for you and you will witness others sharing their own grief. Circles can help you feel less alone in your grief and provide the powerful experience of being witnessed by others beyond the facilitator. Grief circles also allow you to share without having to go too deeply if that is not your preference. And hearing the grief of others can shape your own grieving process. Grief circles sometimes include readings, guided visualizations or other resources that can give you words for your own experience. A six-session circle package is $144.
"I went into the grief-partner experience with Dana with no set expectations and an open mind. I found our sessions to be wonderfully comforting, peaceful, and kindhearted, with much open space for my grief to simply be. I was grateful for a space where I felt no pressure to be cheerful or reassuring, yet I was gently encouraged to explore and challenge the feelings I had. I'm so glad that Dana is doing this work. I would gladly recommend this experience to anyone whose life is impacted by grief."
Grief Partner Client
"Thank you for holding your grief circles; I found them to be nourishing and comforting."
Grief Circle Participant