Healing the Grieving Heart of America
A Community Grief Ceremony

Sisters OR.
Saturday, August 22, 2020
10 am - 2 pm


Photo by Kathleen Barry


This is a LIVE outdoor gathering
that will follow strict social distance guidelines 



Who Should Attend?

Join us if you are grieving:

. The death of a loved one
. Loss of any kind (relationship loss, job loss, pet loss)
. Loss and change due to Covid 19
. Loss of faith in political, social and religious systems
. Economic fracture
. Assumptions about how life is supposed to work

Grief statue

America is suffocating under an unbearable weight of grief and rage. There is violence in the streets, and we are separated from one another like never before.  We are grieving more losses than we can carry, and now, more than ever, we need practical, constructive tools for regaining equilibrium.

Many of us lost our sense of safety in the world as we became vulnerable to a deadly disease and the financial and social devastation that accompanied it. But many of us never felt safe to begin with, as we recognize again and again that a Black man cannot go out in public without the risk of being murdered.   

We’ve lost faith in our institutions -- government, medical, religious and corporate – to protect and provide for us.  And as each  moment of this nightmare unfolds, we become more divided. Everybody is the “other.”

In this four-hour workshop, social worker Sarah Peterson MSW, and grief counselor Dr. Terri Daniel, will facilitate a unique gathering to honor our grief while learning to communicate constructively about our divisions.

  • LEARN principles of non-violent communication 
  • SHARE  ideas with other participants about beliefs that keep us broken
  • ACQUIRE tools for self-care and anxiety management
  • JOIN in a sacred ceremony for healing and transformation


Dr. Terri Daniel, CT, CCTP is a clinical chaplain, certified trauma professional and end-of-life educator certified in death, dying and bereavement by the Association of Death Education and Counseling. Her workshops help the dying and the bereaved find healing through meditative, ceremonial and therapeutic processes that focus on inner transformation rather than external events. Her work is acclaimed by physicians, hospice workers, grief counselors and clergy for its pinpoint clarity on the process of dying and grieving.  She is the founder of the Conference on Death and Afterlife Studies, and the Ask Doctor Death podcast.

Terri has a BA in Religious Studies from Marylhurst University, an MA in Pastoral Care from Fordham University, and a Doctor of Ministry in Pastoral Care and Counseling from the San Francisco Theological Seminary.



Attendance is limited to only 20 people to allow for six-foot social distancing. We also ask that attendees bring their own:   

  . Face mask
  . Box of tissues
  . Snacks, water, napkins and utensils
  . Hand sanitizer
  . Pillow or blanket for sitting on the grass (or a chair if preferred)

We will not be able to provide these things.