" I cannot recommend Lara highly enough, as a wise, compassionate witness and guide.
Grief yields to gratitude, for these experiences, all of them."
Öcean MacConnell Liff-Anderson, Corvallis, OR
At some point in life we all come to know grief, whether through bereavement, divorce, unrealized dreams, trauma, financial crisis, chronic ill health, miscarriage, family conflict, or from witnessing the societal dysfunction and ecological devastation from the effects of our modern industrial consumer culture. All of these situations can give rise to feelings of acute sorrow, shock, outrage, despair, fear, numbness, or overwhelm. Grief can arise from an experience of loss in the past, from a crisis or difficult life transition in the present, or from our anticipation of loss in the future.
We live in a grief-illiterate culture where we are rarely taught how to stay present with difficult feelings. Support from others often comes in the form of well-meaning advice and platitudes that can leave us feeling isolated and unsure about how to navigate the deep waters of our grief. What we need is a quality of support that honors all our feelings and provides a space of deep presence, gentle care, and wise understanding. Often all we need is for someone to companion us lovingly on our grief journey. It can be helpful for that person to be outside of our network of family and friends.
I provide a radically accepting environment where I bring no expectations for you to move on, let go, or do anything other than just to be exactly where you are in your process. Experience has taught me that when grief is held with care and respect for the wisdom of its natural unfolding, a pathway opens up to guide us through. My approach to the work of companioning you through grief as a sacred rite of passage weaves together empathic dialogue, energy medicine, somatic awareness processes, trauma release, grief education, embodiment practices, and earth-honoring ritual.
Sessions are typically 60-90 minutes long, take place by phone, and are offered on a sliding scale basis according to your financial circumstances to support all economic situations. Please contact me to schedule an initial call to explore your needs and to determine whether we feel like a good fit.
"In the groundless openness of sorrow, there is a wholeness of presence and a deep natural wisdom."