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The Wild Edge of Sorrow: Rituals of Renewal and the Sacred Work of Grief

af Francis Weller

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Family & Relationships. New Age. Self-Improvement. Nonfiction. HTML:The work of the mature person is to carry grief in one hand and gratitude in the other and be stretched large by them.

Noted psychotherapist Francis Weller provides an essential guide for navigating the deep waters of sorrow and loss in this lyrical yet practical handbook for mastering the art of grieving. Describing how Western patterns of amnesia and anesthesia affect our capacity to cope with personal and collective sorrows, Weller reveals the new vitality we may encounter when we welcome, rather than fear, the pain of loss. Through moving personal stories, poetry, and insightful reflections he leads us into the central energy of sorrow, and to the profound healing and heightened communion with each other and our planet that reside alongside it.
The Wild Edge of Sorrow explains that grief has always been communal and illustrates how we need the healing touch of others, an atmosphere of compassion, and the comfort of ritual in order to fully metabolize our grief. Weller describes how we often hide our pain from the world, wrapping it in a secret mantle of shame. This causes sorrow to linger unexpressed in our bodies, weighing us down and pulling us into the territory of depression and death. We have come to fear grief and feel too alone to face an encounter with the powerful energies of sorrow. 
Those who work with people in grief, who have experienced the loss of a loved one, who mourn the ongoing destruction of our planet, or who suffer the accumulated traumas of a lifetime will appreciate the discussion of obstacles to successful grief work such as privatized pain, lack of communal rituals, a pervasive feeling of fear, and a culturally restrictive range of emotion. Weller highlights the intimate bond between grief and gratitude, sorrow and intimacy. In addition to showing us that the greatest gifts are often hidden in the things we avoid, he offers powerful tools and rituals and a list of resources to help us transform grief into a force that allows us to live and love more fully.
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“Grief and love are sisters, woven together from the beginning. Their kinship reminds us that there is no love that does not contain loss and no loss that is not a reminder of the love we carry for what we once held close.” ( )
  Moshepit20 | Jun 23, 2024 |
This is an amazing book that I will use often in life. ( )
  JRobinW | Jan 20, 2023 |
During 2016 I participated in a Yearlong Soulcraft Intensive with Bill Plotkin and Animas Valley Institute. This period was about the "descent to soul" and a time of deep relationship with nature. It also included explorations of grief.

Per recommendation of one of my classmates, I recently read this book.

I have very little relationship with grief. So in some ways, although this book covers a lot of good territory, I need more of an introduction on how to get in touch with my grief in the first place. Certainly, I can feel some of the pain of the earth. For example, tears came to my eyes the other day when I read a lengthy piece about how the redwoods are dying. Yet such poignant moments come maybe only once a year.

My grandmother recently died. I didn't cry. It was her time, and I think she and I were both ready. We had a family gathering, full of old slides and many stories I'd never heard. This felt right, and was a grieving process of sorts for me. But I didn't get really deep into anything, and the support I was able to offer my grandfather and parents was limited.

This book more piqued my interest in grief-work then got me down the rabbit hole. So I'm not the best judge of the utility of the practices shared in this book. ( )
  willszal | Feb 3, 2017 |
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Family & Relationships. New Age. Self-Improvement. Nonfiction. HTML:The work of the mature person is to carry grief in one hand and gratitude in the other and be stretched large by them.

Noted psychotherapist Francis Weller provides an essential guide for navigating the deep waters of sorrow and loss in this lyrical yet practical handbook for mastering the art of grieving. Describing how Western patterns of amnesia and anesthesia affect our capacity to cope with personal and collective sorrows, Weller reveals the new vitality we may encounter when we welcome, rather than fear, the pain of loss. Through moving personal stories, poetry, and insightful reflections he leads us into the central energy of sorrow, and to the profound healing and heightened communion with each other and our planet that reside alongside it.
The Wild Edge of Sorrow explains that grief has always been communal and illustrates how we need the healing touch of others, an atmosphere of compassion, and the comfort of ritual in order to fully metabolize our grief. Weller describes how we often hide our pain from the world, wrapping it in a secret mantle of shame. This causes sorrow to linger unexpressed in our bodies, weighing us down and pulling us into the territory of depression and death. We have come to fear grief and feel too alone to face an encounter with the powerful energies of sorrow. 
Those who work with people in grief, who have experienced the loss of a loved one, who mourn the ongoing destruction of our planet, or who suffer the accumulated traumas of a lifetime will appreciate the discussion of obstacles to successful grief work such as privatized pain, lack of communal rituals, a pervasive feeling of fear, and a culturally restrictive range of emotion. Weller highlights the intimate bond between grief and gratitude, sorrow and intimacy. In addition to showing us that the greatest gifts are often hidden in the things we avoid, he offers powerful tools and rituals and a list of resources to help us transform grief into a force that allows us to live and love more fully.

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