The Revolution of Openness: Experiencing Grief and Loss in the Pandemic
The concept of grieving the loss of a loved one as a journey allows human beings to understand the healing process in stages, with accompanying tasks, and with needs that are both universal and unique. Yet, there are many faces to grief and innumerable ways of expressing it. And, since the COVID-19 pandemic has struck, grieving as we know has changed in innumerable ways. We are now experiencing profound losses both as individuals and in communities on levels never before encountered. This compels us to recognize our feelings and reflect upon our experiences in order to heal and move forward in empowered ways. And, in solidarity with each other, take steps toward openness to the powerful transformation that these losses and our grief work can lead us to at this time.
Join us for this one day retreat as we gather together for listening, dialogue and other meaningful exercises as a means of expressing our grief. Various resources will be offered to uplift participants on their journey as they consider their respective stories. And, attention will be given to some of the sacred tasks inherent to grieving the loss of loved ones and other transitions experienced in this era of social isolation. Please bring along a journal for use during the retreat. Guided by Gordon Creamer.
Gordon Creamer earned his MA in Spiritual & Pastoral Care from Loyola University. He has been involved in programming and operations in healthcare since 2001 at various Assisted Living, Skilled Nursing and Hospice communities. Gordon has facilitated numerous retreats and workshops that focus on creating opportunities for participants to explore and enhance their spirituality and well-being through various media. Enhancing the journey of adults, individuals with memory impairment and members of the LGBTQ community is a passion for him. In the last several years, he has fostered support groups and programs for caregivers and those who are grieving losses. Gordon is also a certified spiritual director, who welcomes all in discovering the spiritual life as a means of healing, growing and thriving.