A Workshop on Owning and Integrating the Gift of Loss
“No one ever told me grief felt so like fear.”
– C.S. Lewis, A Grief Observed
Death. Loss. Grief. No matter the name you give it, the experience of it is inevitable. At some point in life, you will experience the death of a beloved person, the demise of a dream, the dissolution of a marriage, a miscarriage, the loss of a job, the passing of a pet, the destruction of your sense of safety. The list of experiences that cause human grief is endless and unique to each of us.
Yet, we live in a culture that teaches us to “get over it” and that “time heals all wounds.” So we don’t talk about our experience of grief. We don’t share it. Most of the time, we don’t even admit it to ourselves. And eventually—just like ignored physical pain—unresolved grief comes roaring up to bite us and make us pay attention.
Life-changing grief, no matter its origin, offers inherent gifts if we are willing to look for them. At the heart of pain and loss is an invitation to get to the core of who you really are.
So let’s talk about our pain—our deaths, our losses, our grief. Let’s challenge the culture. Let’s look for the gifts in our pain. Let’s examine our expectation that someday when enough time has passed, we will magically have “closure” and be done grieving and feeling our pain.
Grief and mourning are love and healing in action. You can own your grief and integrate it into your life. Once you own it and feel it, you decide its power. And once you feel it and move it through you, you can use it to create something new and beautiful.
Who This Workshop Is For:
Anyone who has experienced a life-changing loss, are anticipating loss, and/or are supporting someone else’s grief from loss. Also recommended for professionals in healthcare, mental health, hospice, caregivers, clergy, teachers, anyone who works with death and loss.
Karen Austin is a student of grief and a lifelong learner in the experience of death and loss. Before she turned 25, she lost all four grandparents and her mom to natural causes, and her brother to suicide. She has experienced loss through divorce, and in 2017 lost her second husband and best friend Tracy to pancreatic cancer after a nine-month illness. She’s had 30-something jobs (she’s lost count), buried numerous pets, and once (pregnant) snuck into a cemetery to bury her brother’s ashes at their mother’s grave. She is the board chair for Franklin County LOSS, which provides services to suicide loss survivors, and facilitates a suicide loss support group. She is working on completing a death and grief certification. And she’s funny.
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General Public - $35
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Date & Time
Wednesday, October 2, 2019
7:00 PM – 10:00 PM EDT
In-Person & Online
Epicenter Event Space
2100 Morse Rd.
Columbus, OH 43229
and online via Zoom Conference