Living Into the Messiness of Grief (Zoom)

November 4, 2023 | Saturday 2:00-4:00 p.m. CDT

Facilitated by Vicki Farley and Mary Kay Whitacre
Cost: free-will donation

Grief is not tidy or neat. It is definitely not the same for everyone. It cannot fit into a standard little box or follow a set, scheduled pattern. Grief is messy, muddled, and full of ups and downs. Emotions run wild and free, taking their own path that cannot be controlled. The holiday season can be an especially difficult time for those who are grieving the loss of a loved one. We invite you to take this opportunity to come together through Zoom and join others who are experiencing the same struggles. This will be a safe space to share your grief story in all its messiness, to celebrate the loved one(s) you are missing, and to share practical and supportive ideas for helping you adjust to your new normal.

Please register by October 28. Once we have received your registration, we will send you a confirmation for the retreat. We strongly encourage you to add to your email contacts to ensure the delivery of emails regarding your retreat.

Mary Kay Whitacre is a 2005 graduate of Souljourners and has been on the Souljourners staff since 2005.  She has worked in pastoral ministry in the Catholic Church for more than 40 years. She has a master’s degree from Seattle University and has recently received her Doctor of Ministry from Seattle University.  Mary Kay is Associate Director of Souljourners, offers spiritual direction and supervision, and leads a variety of retreats.

Vicki Farley is a board-certified chaplain (2002) through the National Association of Catholic Chaplains. She has worked 6 years in acute care and 14 years in hospice and palliative care. She currently is working as a hospice chaplain for North Hawaii Hospice. She holds a master’s degree in Pastoral Ministry from Seattle University and one in Clinical Leadership: End-of-Life Care from George Washington University. She earned her Doctor of Ministry from Seattle University. She has co-led several Journey through Grief sessions and grief support groups and has presented on the topics of end-of-life and living with grief.



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