Grief & Gratitude Tending

Respectfully let go of what's holding you back


Come join a small group of like-minded people who are interested to explore and deepen their relationship with loss and grief. This space is ideal for those who are curious about grief tending and want to learn more. 

Grief & Gratitude Tending are seasonal gatherings held over either one or two days. Hosted at The Affinity Centre in Cheadle, South Manchester. We also make use of a beautiful park and woodland nearby, connecting within nature as a natural, soothing space.

In modern times, people face all kinds of grief both personal and collective. Learning to grieve well can deepen your authenticity and aspirations.

In sorrow and loss there is also light, gratitude, and joyful aliveness. Grief is best supported in community with others, even though this may be unfamiliar territory for some.

In cultures that value individualism, experiences of grief and loss can be isolating. At times when you most need connection, you may find yourself alone.

Grief rituals enrich our everyday experiences of love and loss in a culturally appropriate way.

How do I know if grief tending is for me?

A Grief & Gratitude Tending is for you is you want deepen your connection to yourself, others, and the wider world. You may be grief-curious and want to learn more about tending to your life experiences in a new light. 

We are living through difficult times, and it’s natural that you are moved to join communities to support you through this.

People find solace in grief tendings for:

  • Collective grief and disillusionment about ecological, environmental and global uncertainty
  • Personal loss and mourning because of death, loss of or in relationships, friendships, and pets
  • Questioning your identity after life changes or stages - menopause, mid-life, neurodivergence, sexuality, somatic dis-ease etc
  • Anticipatory grief and concerns about your future, long term health, aging, mortality and major life changes
  • Disenfranchised grief, hurt and trauma that remains unresolved in some way
  • Hopelessness and stuckness in a sorrow that has touched your life, past or present
  • Personal and collective experiences of exclusion and oppression because of your multifaceted identity
  • A place to respectfully let go of grief held because of your role in a helping profession or capacity 

The group is purposefully small, to around 12 people each time, to create space for everyone to participate as much or as little as you want.

Grief connects us to our essential being within nature and its wild edges. When your grief is welcomed and held in community with others, you can discover your own wild edges and aliveness.

Please get in contact if you are unsure if grief tending is right for you. 

What is Grief & Gratitude Tending?

The workshop is a space to bring any loss and grief that has touched your life, past or present.

Grief and loss are experiences shared by humans and all of nature alike. It is impossible to live and never grieve.

Grief tending rituals are an ancient tradition that are still honoured within natural cultures. Tending to grief keeps individuals and communities healthy and resilient. Honouring important life transitions and rites of passage creates safety,  continuity, and a sense of belonging.

Sadly, many of those traditions have been lost and at times when we most need connection and support, we are left to grieve alone. We have lost our way. So much sorrow is left unspoken.

As a culture that values individualism, many of us have gotten used to aloneness. We are touched by and exposed to many sorrows and painful experiences in day-to-day life, where our expression of emotion is softened, diminished, and even deadened in families and societies. 

Grief & gratitude tending provides communal time and space for welcoming and honouring your experiences in the presence of supportive others.

Join me in co-creating a space for the gentle witnessing and honouring of all emotions.

This witnessing not only allows the body and mind to process these often-challenging life experiences, but also expands your capacity to feel love, vitality, and joy in everyday living.

What happens at Grief & Gratitude gatherings?

Whether you’re joining me for a one or two day event, you'll gather with others to co-create a transient community that serves as an enriching resource towards grieving well.

There is no hierarchy of loss. You are welcomed without obligation or expectation. You will each contribute and use our time together in your own way. Without judgement or comparison, we will hold a space and be with whatever emerges.

As an apprentice to grief, I will guide you through reflective and written exercises, grief and gratitude ceremonies, group exercises, and indoor and nature spaces to deepen the connection with whatever you bring. You can read my motivations for this work here. 

We each learn in our own unique way. Throughout our time together, you are encouraged to take care of yourself, to stay grounded and connected in ways that are right for you. There will be plenty of quiet time for integration, which is a vital part of the process.

Gratitude is an integral part of grief. Learning the skill of holding both means you can live with more authenticity and aliveness. 

Whilst the circles are therapeutic, it’s important to know that this is not therapy**. We encourage all participants to have supportive resources available to them before, during, and after the event.

Tending to your sadness and loss means you can learn to be with and move through your loss with a greater sense of wellbeing.


** If you're interested in a professional or personal therapy intensive experience then click here for more info 

Where are the gatherings held?

Grief & Gratitude gatherings at held at The Affinity Centre in Cheadle. This lovely venue offers a 'hybrid' indoor /outdoor location, making use of a green woodland nearby. Cheadle is a pretty town on the edge of Manchester is a semi-rural location close to transport links and a range of accommodation. We're fortunate to have lots of parks and green space as well as a vibrant high street on the doorstep. 

For outdoor grief & gratitude tending with Mary Dees by Nature, click here. 

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To book your place, fill in the form below.  Your place is reserved once you've paid a deposit or in full.

Events are held 4 times a year. Email me for Autumn/Winter 2024 dates. 

Two bursary places are available at a reduced fee at each gathering. It's also possible to pay in installments. Please email me for more information.

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One Day Workshop

Price: £ 150.00
Venue: The Affinity Centre, Cheadle. TIMES: 9am - 5pm

Two Day Workshop

Venue: The Affinity Centre, Cheadle. TIMES: Saturday 9.30am - 6pm Sunday 9.30am - 5pm
Price: £ 120.00
Venue: Shining Cliff Woods, nr. Ambergate. TIMES: Friday - starts at 2pm Saturday - finishes at 4pm Onsite hostel accommodation included
Price: £ 260.00
Venue: The Affinity Centre, Cheadle. TIMES: Saturday 9.30am - 6pm Sunday 9.30am - 5pm
Price: £ 260.00
Venue: The Affinity Centre, Cheadle. TIMES: Saturday 9.30am - 6pm Sunday 9.30am - 5pm
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