Grief Support

Grief support is the practice of presence and compassion in the face of loss.

A resource by Rites of Passage, LLC

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Grief can come about from the loss of a loved one, the loss of a relationship, the loss of health, the loss of a dream of what we thought life would be… really any experience of loss.

In a grief support session, we hold space for loss, engage questions as they arise, explore doubts and fears, ponder the nature of life and death, and seek to connect with the sacred within and around us.

As we engage with the experience of grief, it is natural for emotions to surface. All emotions are welcome. Whether you come to grief support with a particular religious or faith perspective, or not, we recognize that your experience of grief is unique and yours alone.

Sessions are 60 minutes and can be scheduled weekly, monthly, or as needed. Virtual sessions are held on Zoom or FaceTime. If sitting in front of a computer is not your thing, in-person options for those local to Burlington, Vermont include meeting at the Rites of Passage office or walking together on the Burlington Bike Path.

We open sessions with candle lighting, poetry or meditation, and silence followed by open conversation utilizing a non-directive approach.

Our fees are based on a sliding scale.

People of all spiritual and secular worldviews and gender and sexual identities are welcome.

My Inspiration

Kristabeth Atwood, M.Div is a Pastor for People Who Don't Do Church and the founder of Rites of Passage, LLC. A church pastor for 18 years, Kristabeth now brings her pastor's heart to help people through the spiritual, emotional, and practical aspects of change by offering: – care for those facing life's changes, – education on the transformative power of change, – support for exploring life's big questions, and – personalized rituals to mark life’s transitions. Kristabeth holds space for people to connect with themselves, those around them, and with the sacred, whatever that means to them. She feels privileged to help people honor and mark the meaningful moments that encompass all the seasons of life – from birth to death.

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