Writing Through Grief and Loss

with Ray McGinnis

May 3 @ 7 pm (Suggested donation $20)

Grief is a natural response to the loss of someone or

something meaningful – a person, a relationship, a job,

health, a pet, independence, the loss of a deeply held

belief or anything else that is emotionally valued. 

Small losses dot our everyday lives:        

  • The runner who pulls a ligament and cannot run     
  • The promotion that went to a less experienced, more aggressive co-worker     
  • Putting the family pet to sleep         
  • The inability to conceive a child             
  • A thickening waistline           
  • An auto accident that leaves a permanent decrease in range of motion             
  • Breaking up with a girlfriend or boyfriend, as well as separation or divorce.             
  • A longtime friend who won’t speak to you.                         
  • A persistent lack of energy where you once counted on feeling full of vitality

In this confidential and supportive setting you’ll be given a map for understanding how writing in a journal can be a helpful companion as you reflect on your own losses. While a range of people sign up for a workshop, some who keep a journal, no previous writing experience is necessary. For some it is helpful to think of this as a workshop to learn how to jot things down about grief and loss.

In addition to our own losses, this is a workshop of use to anyone who is a caregiver or a friend or family member, as well as for anyone who gives pastoral care. At this workshop Ray McGinnis will lead us with gentle help for reflecting on and addressing grief and loss.  

Ray McGinnis is author of Writing the Sacred: A Psalm-inspired Path to Appreciating and Writing Sacred Poetry (Wood Lake Books). It is in its fourth printing. He has served as national staff for the United Church of Canada doing leadership development with youth and young adults in the General Council office from 1986 to 1995. He served as a Program Director at the Naramata Centre for Continuing Education in Naramata, BC, from 1995 to 1999. Since 1999 he has been leading a range of writing workshops across over 400 towns and cities in North America. His website is www.writetotheheart.com. He lives in Vancouver.