Before I Die: Being There for Someone in Grief with Marianna Cacciatore [Online]

February 20th

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In life, grief and loss are inevitable. Every day we encounter people who are experiencing emotional hardship because something they counted on has changed. We want to help and we wonder what to say or do that would be welcomed, kind, and useful. Mostly, we want to take their pain away, but that is neither possible or helpful. They must find their own way through. That doesn’t mean we’re not needed. We are. How we show up is the question because in the span of a lifetime, each of us will be called on many times to be there for others as they grieve, just as one day we will need people to be there for us. 

This skill does not come automatically. We must learn how to do it. Over the years, I’ve sought out simple ways to help ordinary people know what to do and remember how to be when in the company of someone in sorrow. A simple acronym, SALT—as in the salt of tears—emerged as a teaching tool to help learn by heart four basic premises for support. Over time, and with practice, we learn to courageously face the sorrows as well as the joys of this mysterious life where we all take turns loving, grieving, and holding one another through the unavoidable pain of loss. 

Marianna Cacciatore is an author, teacher, and spiritual counselor. Her book,  Being There for Someone in Grief is being used as a guide for hospice volunteers and as a textbook for those learning to work with people in grief. It was endorsed by Stephen Levine saying, “Marianna’s life work is just what the heart calls for…” She is currently working on the manuscript for her second book, Stitching the Heart Back Together. She also serves as a founding member of TLC—The Learning Community for Loss, Grief and Transition. 

Marianna is a Lifetime Emeritus Board Member of Tu Nidito (Your Little Nest) which merged with the Tucson organization she founded in 1990 called Children to Children—A Center for Children & Families in Grief.

Marianna facilitates an 8 AM silent meditation, Mon – Fri, on ZOOM for the Tucson Shambhala Meditation Center. All are welcome. She also sends an inspirational message each morning via email to many people around the country. If you’d like to be included, email her—[email protected]

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The Shambhala Center of Los Angeles remains open because of the ongoing generosity of our community. One of the cornerstones of our policy is that no one be turned away for lack of funds. If you can’t afford a program, please call our office (323-255-5472) to register based on what you can afford. At the same time, the Center relies on program revenue to cover costs. For those who are able to pay more than the program price, your generosity in paying the Patron Price helps cover the costs for others who are not able to pay the full price, and provides additional support to the Shambhala Center of Los Angeles. Thank you for your kindness!

If you cancel more than 7 days prior to your class (and have already paid), you will receive a full refund less a processing fee of $15. If you cancel between 1 to 7 days prior to arrival, we will credit your payment towards another program at Shambhala Los Angeles to be used within 1 year. No refunds or credits are issued for cancellations received fewer than 24 hours prior to arrival.

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