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Grief tending (Festival 2023)– A deep sharing circle (online)

When: Wednesday 1st November
Time: 7 to 9.30 pm

How to join: online via zoom

*this event is open to anyone interested”

Grief Tending in the community is a free online event as part of the Absent friends festival. Whatever your culture or tradition, Douglas and Maeve invite you to join us for a evening of grief-tending in Community, a space of remembrance and sharing of grief.

We’ll give our presence and attention to any and all layers of grief that arise in the day. To help us frame our scope, we’ll use the ‘Five Gates of Grief’ that Francis Weller describes in his book ‘The Wild Edge of Sorrow’.   You don’t need to have read the book to take part.


Douglas Guest has over 30 years’ experience of working in the public and 3rd sector, and has been running men’s groups and grief tending in community events for several years. He has led on seminars and conferences in an number of fields, written national training programmes, and co-created Year of the Dad for Scottish Government.

– Maeve Butler works in psychotherapies and third level education. She has been connected with the Salisbury Centre since 2012, and has been engaged with various forms of grief work since 2019, including Grief Tending in Community.

Robin Botley is an experienced facilitator and Elder with the Mankind Project community in Ireland. He currently supports a small team hosting small groups at the Song House retreat centre in Falcarragh, Donegal. My soul seeks every opportunity to share and be with Grief circles.

For more information and/or to book your place, email  douglas_guest@yahoo.co.uk

To book directly: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1ZPwQ5Ni_9-W_VzpJfnFCqg9jg6vcgQXxhZxwSvlIlgM/edit?usp=sharing

Photo credit: Grief Tending Scotland