Amanda Held Opelt found herself not experiencing grief until much later in life. Feeling unprepared she quickly found herself facing a series of significant losses – from miscarriages to the loss of her sister at a young age. This process led her to a place of vulnerability where she learned the important role that others play in the journey to healing, along with what was needed for her to work towards a new normal. Through her studies across cultures, grief rituals played a big role in finding hope.
In our lives usually one of two things is true, we either don’t face the reality of grief until late in life, or we face it right from the start. Either way grief is one of life’s realities that we all face, ready or not. I have found that in culture we talk about grief very little, and with that, we expect ourselves and others have just as little time to process it. You may notice that this topic is one I’m particularly passionate about expanding on this show. As I have done my own grief work, I have seen just how needed more knowledge is on the topic to be better equipped for this very common part of our lives.
Amanda will walk us through the things to say/not say during grief, along with how to use grief rituals to heal. This powerful book is the perfect resource no matter where you find yourself on the grief journey.
I was living in Thailand, longed for community, starting opening my door and filling my table. Now I’m living ‘charcuterie’ as a way of life and teaching what I learned about living intentionally everyday.