The Revolution of Openness: Experiencing Grief and Loss in a New Era
The concept of grieving the loss of loved ones 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 coronavirus pandemic first began, grieving as we know it has changed in innumerable ways. As we continue to emerge and move into this new era of living, our experiences of loss, both as individuals and in communities, has been incredibly impacted. 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, we can 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. Lunch is included. Guided by Gordon Creamer.
Gordon Creamer, creator of the Mission Bridge, currently serves as Program Director at Well For The Journey, a spiritual wellness center in Lutherville, MD. He has also been involved in healthcare programming and operations since 2001 at various Assisted Living, Skilled Nursing, and Hospice communities. He earned an MA in Spiritual & Pastoral Care from Loyola University and an MA in Theology from the Ecumenical Institute of St. Mary’s Seminary & University. He is currently a candidate for the Doctor of Ministry Program at the Ecumenical Institute.
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. Uplifting the journey of adults, individuals with memory impairment and members of the LGBTQ+ community is a passion for him, and in the last several years, he has fostered support groups and programs for caregivers and those who are grieving losses. Trained as an end-of-life doula, certified spiritual director, and Reiki Practitioner, Gordon welcomes all in discovering the spiritual life as a means of healing, growing and thriving. www.themissionbridge.com