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Community Grief Ceremony

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Unity Community of Central Oregon

63645 Scenic Drive

Bend, OR 97701

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This is a soul-cleansing rite that helps you find your way back to wholeness, peace, and self-acceptance.

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“Surrendering to your sorrow has the power to heal the deepest of wounds”

-Sobonfu Some-

In life it is necessary to grieve those things that no longer serve us in order to let them go. Grief is a common human emotion that impacts us all. It can come to us through divorce, illness, loss of dreams, conflict, death, change and so much more. Grief is an invitation to feel. It invites us to come into the body to shed light on those things that are ready to be released in order to heal. Because of this, we must have ways to move our pain. Grief needs to be regularly felt and released or it begins to smother our joy, creativity, and our ability to connect with our self and others.

Community Grief Ceremony is a safe way to learn how to lean into grieving within and among community. Communal grieving offers something that we cannot get when we grieve by ourselves. Through validation, acknowledgement and witnessing, communal grieving allows us to experience a level of healing that is deeply and profoundly freeing. Each of us has a basic human right to that genuine love, happiness and freedom.


-People feeling grief for the loss of a loved one, a pet, a partnership, or job

-Anyone stuck in unhealthy relationships or emotionally unhealthy situations

-People in transition of any kind, whether through divorce, illness, accidents, or disappointed dreams

-People in recovery

-Front line workers such as therapists, educators, nurses, social workers, hospice caregivers, police men or women, activists


-Those feeling the collective grief of a violent world, or the environmental harm of the earth

-Anyone with sadness and pain to release


This ceremony is inspired by the work of Sobonfu Somé who took the teachings and healing practices from her tribe–The Dagara tribe of West Africa to America. Over the course of her life she traveled all over the US and Europe, teaching people how to grieve through the Dagara tradition. Dagara rituals offer profound healing, making spirit tangible by preparing the mind, body and soul to receive the spirituality that surrounds us.

Her website to learn more about Sonbonfu


This ceremony will be facilitated by Hillary Hurst and Barbara Largent and will be supported by various community members. Hillary Hurst is a mental health therapist who spent many years working with Sobonfu at grief rituals. Before Sonbonfu’s passing she asked Hillary to continue this work within her community. Barbara Largent is physician and energy healer who does deep emotional and trauma release work.


A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Wisdom Spring Inc.

Wisdom Spring, Inc. is a non-profit organization, which uplifts, honors and preserves the wisdom of indigenous cultures through programs of education, travel, cultural, community and scientific exchange.

Wisdom Spring, Inc. aims to implement new ideas, to support the dreams of young people and to help form healthy communities around the world. Since its inception, Wisdom Spring has been working diligently to provide various villages in West Africa with drinking water and to provide resources for education through its various programs including Art for Africa and Walking for Water.

To learn more about this organization please go to sobonfu.com


Hillary Hurst, Barbara Largent, Marci Waymen, Candace Theberge, Ian Carrick, and Shanti O’Connor


Friday, February 21, 2020

6:00PM Arrive/Register:

7:00 – 9:00 PM Opening Ceremony

Saturday, February 22, 2020

8:30am Arrive/Settle in

Grief Ceremony: 9:00 AM – 9:00 PM



The Grief Ceremony will be held indoors at...

Unity Community: 63645 Scenic Dr, Bend, OR 97701


Snacks, tea and lunch will be provided, but participants are strongly encouraged to bring extra food.

Lunch will be served around 1pm. All food will be gluten free, dairy free, and egg free. You will be served a dish of grains, veggies, and animal protein. No special diet requests. You have to reserve your meal otherwise we will not have a dish for you. Food will be catered by Dropping Beets


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