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In many cultures grief is a collective experience. Through sacred rituals and praise, grief is expressed out loud as a uniting force of remembrance. For example, the tangihanga is the enduring Māori ceremony for mourning someone who has died. It is commonly called a tangi, which also means to weep, and to sing a dirge (a lament for the dead). Similarly, author, Martin Prechtel, describes grief as a poem, no matter how messy, inappropriate, amateurish, or loud, it deserves to be heard, he says.

Here in the West we seem to have placed a time stamp on grief. There seems to be an unspoken expectation that after some time, one will simply get on with life. This concept seems to be wrecking havoc on individuals.

If we are unable to grieve in community, it is nearly impossible for individuals to heal fully.

Grief demands to be heard. Grieving makes us human. Though highly personal, grief also requires to be felt in the company of others. It is almost indescribable the way grief shifts in the moment it is expressed out loud. Although pain-staking and lonely, grief is an invisible thread that connects all of our hearts.

A powerful shift can occur when grief is validated. Grief is a song that deserves to be heard.

Join us to hear Liese Groot Alberts reflect on her profound understanding of loss, grief, bereavement and the significance of hope”.

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