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Experiences and Immersions

Are you looking for a place to be present with and center your grief experience? You have come to the right place! 

"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." Sobonfu Some'

Grief tending, 1:1 and group grief coaching and support, collective grief ritual and ceremony, embodied grief work through Beautiful Grievers offerings. Reach out! 


About Beautiful Grievers: 

"Jess was an amazing guide for this journey. The embodiment work and meditations were carefully crafted and such a wonderful and fulfilling addition to this work. I also loved the care and time put into the weekly song playlists and listened to them a lot in between meetings. It felt as if I was staying connected the whole time. Jess created a beautiful community for us beautiful grievers and ushered us along our healing journeys. I have deep love for this program." BG alumni, summer 2022

Come receive support, create space to welcome your grief more deeply, share space with others who want to connect more fully and deeply on their grief journeys and live life more integrated and engaged with your grief. Grief is such an amazing teacher. May you be open to its teachings! 

Beautiful Grievers work came forward more fully and loudly after the death of dear friend late fall 2021. It is clear that embodied grief work is necessary to our healing and movement forward in our day to day lives as grief makes a home in our body and impacts our inner and outerworlds so tremendoulsy.  Grief can be so painful and can keep us stuck in living our authentic beautiful lives. Beautiful Grievers is medicine, it offers warmth and ease to the pain and hardness that grief sometimes shows up as, especially in our heart-space...In beautiful grievers work, we acknowledge, welcome, integrate, metabolize, and alchemize our grief using intentions and practices that come from within in relationship to our grief. I hope you feel called to the invitation to do grief work. I am here for it. I am here to support you in this most powerful journey. 

I am a griever, death doula, grief guide, certified From Grief To Gratitude grief coach, a certified BodyMind Method Coach, Certified Yoga Nidra Teacher, Women's and Gender Studies Instructor, Bodyworker, Reiki Master Teacher, Ritual and Ceremonialist, Educator, Organizer, Retreat Leader, student, lover of the natural world, the cycles and seasons. I am a wisdom seeker and wisdom speaker. Trust, depth, community, anti-racism/social justice, care, rest, integrity and presence are my core values that I work and live from.

My lineage of grief work and experience extends throughout most of my life but starting in the first grade with the death of my paternal grandfather, family dogs, and in the 6th grade with the sudden and tragic death of a classmate and friend. Grief continues to guide the ways in which I make offerings to the world, anchored in decades of formal collective community grief ritual rooted in the ways of the Dargara Tribe of Burkina Faso and shared by Sobonfu Some' and Malidoma Some', certified as an End-of-Life Doula, a Grief Coach (From Grief To Gratitude Coach), Grief Work training and Loving, Dying, and Letting Go Instructor training with Amy Wright at The Institute for the Study of Birth, Breath, and Death, direct work with Francis Weller and his offering: The Five Gates of Grief, and numerous personal and collective experiences of holding space for grief. 

May you feel welcomed into this space. 

"I was led to take Jess’ course and the things I have learned in 4 weeks time have transformed me!" BG alum

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