Holding Grief with an Open Heart: A Facilitated Zoom Group


We are collectively feeling grief associated with climate disruption, species extinction, forest fires, water and food shortages, pandemic, and the disproportionate impact on marginalized populations at this time. Join together in community for a twice a month online group which will create a safe space to explore themes such as gratitude, grieving, activism, resilience and building capacity for staying present and awake in this time which portends both crisis and opportunity.

The work of the mature person is to carry grief in one hand and gratitude in the other and to be stretched large by them. How much sorrow can I hold? That’s how much gratitude I can give. If I carry only grief, I’ll bend toward cynicism and despair. If I have only gratitude, I’ll become saccharine and won’t develop much compassion for other peoples’ suffering. Grief keeps the heart fluid and soft, which helps make compassion possible.”  Francis Weller

No ongoing commitment is required. The basis of the group will be contemplation, space for listening, sharing and discussion.

This will be a drop in facilitated zoom group the first and third Sunday evening of each month from 7:00 – 8:30 pm EDT beginning in April, the 5th and 19th. If you are interested in attending, please email [email protected] to receive the zoom link. 

Sara Demetry has been a member of the Shambhala community since 1998 and lives in Barnet VT with her husband and cats. She keeps a psychotherapy private practice and works primarily with trauma and healing. She has been interested in “Inner Transition” work for many years and in the need for communal approaches to griefwork.