Impact of Grief on Spiritual Growth

As we change and grow there will be so many losses, often experienced as something unexpected and unwanted. We might lose a job, a limb, our identity, our home, our faith… Grief is the natural, necessary, normal response to loss. The degree of grief feelings we will have following that loss will depend on how attached we are to the object of our attachment. Grief is a long and arduous process of learning to digest and integrate the pain of loss, and a grieving person never returns to being “normal”. In response to that, we can: 1) do nothing and passively keep our grief feelings to ourselves; or 2) become an active participant in our grieving and mourning process. As Krishna Bhaktas we may think that, if we just chant more, the pain of grief will go away. This will be very helpful if we are able to chant with full attention. However, if the grief feelings are not acknowledged and tended to, they will become stronger and stronger until they will lead to some big life crisis that incapacitates you until you finally do pay attention to them.

In this course, we will: 1) learn more about grief as a means of integrating and healing our personal losses; and 2) learn how to help others who are experiencing overwhelming feelings of grief due to loss.

Registration for this course is closed.

Please reach out to us if you have any questions! admissions@karunacare.iskcon.org

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