Embracing Grief: Holding, Sharing, Witnessing

  • Fri 11th Nov 2022, 4pm – 8pm UK time (UTC +00:00)
  • Online
creativity and ritual
Hosted by The Psychedelic Society
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Embracing Grief – Holding, Sharing, Witnessing

With Bilal Nasim, Sarah Pletts and Tony Pletts

~ Why Grief? ~

Grief Tending is a powerful and communal way to process difficult emotions. Each person’s unique grief process is in response to a wide range of life experiences, not just bereavement. Our sadness, rage, fear, hopelessness, betrayal, shame and numbness are often hidden. Grief Tending offers a healing space to explore, without trying to fix anything. With the support of a group process, Grief Tending can help us reconnect to life. 

~ OK, so what is this offering? ~

 Co-facilitated by Bilal Nasim, Sarah Pletts and Tony Pletts

During the session we will hold a Grief Circle together. There will be the opportunity to share something, and to witness others. Challenging themes and strong expressions of emotion may come up and are welcome. The session is 4 hours on Zoom, and includes a variety of exercises to support our journey.  

In these sessions we use recognised approaches to tend to and honour our grief exactly as it is, drawing on the practices, rituals and teachings of elders including Sophy Banks, Jeremy Thres, Sobonfu Some, Malidoma Some, Joanna Macy, Francis Weller, Martin Prechtel, and others.

~ Is this for me? ~

 This is for you if you are working with personal change, loss, heartache or dealing with the impact of past trauma. You may also be struggling with collective themes, or seeking to build resilience. 

Each person works at their own pace. Some might find grief right there on the surface, ready to be expressed, while others may take the time to connect with grief that feels stuck and difficult to access. We invite you to bring your kind, respectful awareness to give space to the responses of others which may arise.

The workshop may not be suitable for those with severe depression or mental health problems, or those feeling particularly fragile, alone or unsupported. We're available to discuss this with you if you are unsure whether this workshop is right for you at the moment, so please don’t hesitate to contact Sarah (welcome@loveandloss.co.uk) or Bilal (bilal.nasim@tough-cookie.co.uk).

Short videos about what happens in a Grief Tending workshop and other questions here.


Bilal Nasim (www.bilalnasim.com) is a facilitator, trainer and artist exploring what it means to be alive and our relationship with death. Having apprenticed to grief under the tutelage of Sophy Banks and Jeremy Thres, he has been holding grief-spaces since 2018. Bilal hosts workshops on confronting death, Death Cafe's, is training as a death doula with Red Tent End Of Life Doulas, and is a personal resilience trainer with Tough Cookie (www.tough-cookie.co.uk).

Sarah Pletts is an artist with a deep curiosity about mortality. Inspired by the uncertainty of our times, she is drawn to ‘Apprentice to Grief’, following in the work of Francis Weller, Joanna Macy, Sophy Banks, Jeremy Thres and others. She brings creativity and her exploration of the body to the practice of grief tending. She lives in London with partners and chosen family. She loves to walk the dog, dance wildly and eat virtuous chocolate (www.loveandloss.co.uk).

Tony Pletts founded his art direction and construction company Einstein’s Octopus in 1987, a flexible business that's allowed him to pursue other creative paths. Tony’s made radio programmes for BBC Radio 4 (his North Korean mini series was nominated for a SONY) and has just finished his first book, Love To The Power Of Three. A rich and varied life has frequently exposed Tony to the teachings of grief and he started facilitating workshops with Sarah in 2019.

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"It was such a heart soothing and soul-enriching experience to participate in the space you created. I felt so utterly welcomed, free to bring whatever was alive in me, and never pressured to be anywhere I wasn't. I had moments of feeling a huge resistance in myself, and was allowed to dance with that and invite what was hiding underneath. The threads that you wove to create our container felt so gently, lovingly and intentionally woven, held with both sincerity and lightness." - Anon

“Thanks so much for creating a space of support and love. I felt safe at all times and the suggestions to move off screen or turn off the camera meant that I felt I wasn’t stuck to a box on screen. All the facilitators held space for each person and guided it when needed.” - Liselott

This event requires a free zoom account which you can set up here: https://zoom.us 
Instructions on how to join will be included in your confirmation email.  


£15 Low Income (3 spaces available)
£40 Standard
£60 Abundant/Supporter

Once you have purchased a ticket, you will receive an Advance Information Form which we require to be completed before the workshop - This is both to help you to prepare for the session and for us to be able to support your needs. 

NOTE: We only send the Zoom link and what to bring upon receiving a completed Advance Information Form. 

There will be a maximum of 13 available places excluding the team. 3 of these places will be available at the Low Income rate for those who are either unemployed, have insufficient/unstable income or are clearly unable to afford the Standard price. 

Note: We will start on time, please join the Zoom room a few minutes before start time. 

ZOOM ROOM OPENS: 10 minutes before start time.
NO ENTRY AFTER:  15 minutes after start time.

ENQUIRIES: Sarah - welcome@loveandloss.co.uk

Attendance requires a working internet connection, and a Zoom account (you can download for free). If you have any access requirements please get in touch.  If you haven’t used Zoom before, please join 10 minutes early to download the free software and check your connection.

This workshop is fully inclusive to everyone regardless of age (18+), ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, disability, religious beliefs and otherwise.

Please note: We require a minimum number of attendees for events to go ahead. 

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