I am currently chipping away at a research assignment on yoga for grief and bereavement. I’m looking through the ancient texts, modern interpretations and recent clinical research on the topic.
Part of the reason I chose this topic is that when I started working with bereavement clients at my local hospice, there didn’t seem to be a lot of great resources. There was no yoga recipe, “Do 5 sun salutations and 15 yoga for grief breaths and call me in the morning.” I came up empty-handed so I worked with what I had for processing negative emotions.
But now I am back at it in full force (sort of slowly while I wait for the coffee to kick in) and want to share with you what I find as I go along.
So far today I have come across www.canadiangriefalliance.ca/ which is asking the Canadian Government to step it up with grief supports in light of the current health crisis. Currently, over 4 million Canadian are grieving the loss of someone due to COVID-19. The website offers a blessing:
“From the Canadian Grief Alliance: As we reach one-year since the first Canadian died of COVID-19, Elder Roberta Price of Coast Salish Snuneymuxw & Cowichan offers a blessing for our grief.” Not my first moment of serendipity today, I think it’s apt that I found this on the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. We are all grieving something, someway, somehow right now. If you are reading this please take care and take a moment for yourself to close your eyes, acknowledge your grief, the grief of our indigenous communities and the grief of everyone experiencing a loss due to the pandemic.