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The Wild Edge of Sorrow - Rituals of Renewal and the Sacred Work of Grief

Francis Weller

Noted psychotherapist Francis Weller provides an essential guide for navigating the deep waters of sorrow and loss in this lyrical yet practical handbook for mastering the art of grieving. Describing how Western patterns of amnesia and anesthesia affect our capacity to cope with personal and collective sorrows, Weller reveals the new vitality we may encounter when we welcome, rather than fear, the pain of loss. Through moving personal stories, poetry, and insightful reflections, he leads us into the central energy of sorrow and to the profound healing and heightened communion with each other and our planet that reside alongside it. The Wild Edge of Sorrow explains that grief has always been communal and illustrates how we need the healing touch of others, an atmosphere of compassion, and the comfort of ritual in order to fully metabolize our grief. Weller describes how we often hide our pain from the world, wrapping it in a secret mantle of shame. This causes sorrow to linger unexpressed in our bodies, weighing us down and pulling us into the territory of depression and death. We have come to fear grief and feel too alone to face an encounter with the powerful energies of sorrow. Those who work with people in grief, who have experienced the loss of a loved one, who mourn the ongoing destruction of our planet, or who suffer the accumulated traumas of a lifetime will appreciate the discussion of obstacles to successful grief work such as privatized pain, lack of communal rituals, a pervasive feeling of fear, and a culturally restrictive range of emotion. Weller highlights the intimate bond between grief and gratitude, sorrow and intimacy. In addition to showing us that the greatest gifts are often hidden in the things we avoid, he offers powerful tools and rituals and a list of resources to help us transform grief into a force that allows us to live and love more fully.

Noted psychotherapist Francis Weller provides an essential guide for navigating the deep waters of sorrow and loss in this lyrical yet practical handbook for mastering the art of grieving. Describing how Western patterns of amnesia and anesthesia affect our capacity to cope with personal and collective sorrows, Weller reveals the new vitality we may encounter when we welcome, rather than fear, the pain of loss. Through moving personal stories, poetry, and insightful reflections, he leads us into the central energy of sorrow and to the profound healing and heightened communion with each other and our planet that reside alongside it. The Wild Edge of Sorrow explains that grief has always been communal and illustrates how we need the healing touch of others, an atmosphere of compassion, and the comfort of ritual in order to fully metabolize our grief. Weller describes how we often hide our pain from the world, wrapping it in a secret mantle of shame. This causes sorrow to linger unexpressed in our bodies, weighing us down and pulling us into the territory of depression and death. We have come to fear grief and feel too alone to face an encounter with the powerful energies of sorrow. Those who work with people in grief, who have experienced the loss of a loved one, who mourn the ongoing destruction of our planet, or who suffer the accumulated traumas of a lifetime will appreciate the discussion of obstacles to successful grief work such as privatized pain, lack of communal rituals, a pervasive feeling of fear, and a culturally restrictive range of emotion. Weller highlights the intimate bond between grief and gratitude, sorrow and intimacy. In addition to showing us that the greatest gifts are often hidden in the things we avoid, he offers powerful tools and rituals and a list of resources to help us transform grief into a force that allows us to live and love more fully.
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Noted psychotherapist Francis Weller provides an essential guide for navigating the deep waters of sorrow and loss in this lyrical yet practical handbook for mastering the art of grieving. Describing how Western patterns of amnesia and anesthesia affect our capacity to cope with personal and collective sorrows, Weller reveals the new vitality we may encounter when we welcome, rather than fear, the pain of loss. Through moving personal stories, poetry, and insightful reflections, he leads us into the central energy of sorrow and to the profound healing and heightened communion with each other and our planet that reside alongside it. The Wild Edge of Sorrow explains that grief has always been communal and illustrates how we need the healing touch of others, an atmosphere of compassion, and the comfort of ritual in order to fully metabolize our grief. Weller describes how we often hide our pain from the world, wrapping it in a secret mantle of shame. This causes sorrow to linger unexpressed in our bodies, weighing us down and pulling us into the territory of depression and death. We have come to fear grief and feel too alone to face an encounter with the powerful energies of sorrow. Those who work with people in grief, who have experienced the loss of a loved one, who mourn the ongoing destruction of our planet, or who suffer the accumulated traumas of a lifetime will appreciate the discussion of obstacles to successful grief work such as privatized pain, lack of communal rituals, a pervasive feeling of fear, and a culturally restrictive range of emotion. Weller highlights the intimate bond between grief and gratitude, sorrow and intimacy. In addition to showing us that the greatest gifts are often hidden in the things we avoid, he offers powerful tools and rituals and a list of resources to help us transform grief into a force that allows us to live and love more fully.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Derek Botten

Length:

6h 48m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

01:25


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

08:20


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

07:25


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

07:55


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

08:42


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

07:53


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

08:11


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

04:27


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

05:29


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

06:07


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

08:37


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

07:26


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

07:25


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

08:44


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

06:42


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

04:04


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

08:37


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

08:34


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

07:27


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

04:32


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

06:17


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

07:58


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

07:09


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

05:31


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

08:51


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

07:39


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

07:35


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

08:11


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

08:56


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

08:49


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

08:14


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

08:25


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

07:59


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

08:39


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

06:37


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

07:14


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

08:17


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

08:24


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

08:14


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

06:18


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

03:10


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

08:59


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

08:37


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

07:31


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

07:52


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

07:54


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

07:58


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

08:28


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

08:25


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

05:04


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

07:41


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

07:26


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

03:30


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

04:39


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

05:36


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

04:39


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

07:08


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

00:40