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A Ceremony for Children Who Have Died, GGF 9/16

Sunday, September 16, 2012
2 - 4:30 pm
with Chris Fortin and Jennifer Block

We will gather in remembrance to acknowledge and mourn the death of children, those born and unborn. We will make offerings and say good-bye in a ceremony of remembrance and letting go, with the intention of nurturing and tending both the beings who have died and the beings who continue to live.

We will spend time in silence creating offerings for the safe passage of children who have died and make prayer sticks to hang on the cherry tree in the memorial garden at Green Gulch.

Please bring a piece of red cloth, scissors, needle and thread. No sewing experience necessary.

Women and men are welcome.

Fee: Registration fee for the ceremony is $15 per person plus an offering of dana (the practice of giving or generosity) for the teachers and the teaching. No one will be turned away for lack of funds.

To Register and for more information please contact Jennifer Block by email.

Through this ceremony of remembrance Jennifer and Chris are carrying on the decades long work of Yvonne Rand, whom they acknowledge with deep gratitude.

Chris Fortin, MA, MFT, is a Zen priest and teacher in the Everyday Zen sangha. She has spent many years working with people in grief and has a profound respect for the unimaginable passage that death and loss ask of us as vulnerable and loving human beings. She is a psychotherapist and Spiritual Counselor (www.dharmaheartzen.com) in private practice and has lead grief groups with hospice. She leads a weekly meditation group as well as meditation retreats throughout the bay area and beyond.
Jennifer Block is an Interfaith minister and Buddhist chaplain who has practiced Zen, Insight Meditation, and Yoga since 1988. Her life’s work is providing spiritual care to people in crisis, mentoring caregivers, and teaching people how to access their innate capacity for caring and healing. Jennifer brings 12+ years of hospice, grief, and chaplaincy experience to her work with caregivers, clinicians, chaplaincy students, and especially those who are facing the spiritual and emotional issues related to aging, sickness, dying and grief.