A grief-focused gathering (over brunch!) for young people on the Cape & Islands
WHAT IS GOOD MOURNING?
Good Mourning is an informal gathering of 10-12 people ages 21-35 on the Cape & Islands who have had a significant person (partner, child, parent, sibling) die. We know grief and loss are taboo subjects, and it can be complicated to find your tribe (because nobody willingly joins this club!). Good Mourning creates a space to meet other grievers, enjoy a delicious brunch, and talk about loss and how it has shaped our lives.
HOW IS GOOD MOURNING RUN?
After registering on the Sharing Kindness portal, a designated Good Mourning host will email you with the time and place. There will be food and drink because, after all, it is brunch, but you don’t have to cook!
WHAT DO ATTENDEES TALK ABOUT?
Brunch opens with introductions and an opportunity to talk about yourself and your loss if you choose to! Once everyone has shared the broad strokes of their story, we’ll have an open-ended conversation centered on questions like, “What are the least helpful things people have said?” and “Why do I struggle with mixed emotions about this?” We want the conversation to flow, so feel free to bring up things that have been on your mind. Laughter and humor are strongly encouraged.
IS IT LIKE THERAPY?
Absolutely not! It might complement other healing practices, but it is not a replacement for them.
ARE THE HOSTS TRAINED PROFESSIONALS?
Good Mourning is created for and by peers who are part of the conversation. The hosts receive training as facilitators. (If you are a clinician, pastoral caregiver or anyone working in mental health or counseling, remember that this is a chance to take off that hat and show up as peers, not professionals.)