Sacred Grief

Nurturing Healing and Wholeness In Ourselves, Between One Another, and With Life

Welcome to Sacred Grief.

Here you will find online offerings dedicated to supporting yourself and others through difficult life experiences with dignity and resilience. Whether personal, collective or ancestral, grief is a form of intimacy which breaks our hearts open and, when tended to with care, allows us to remain responsive and in relationship with all life around us.

Sacred Grief courses are anchored in tending our relationship with community and the Sacred as sources of support, and in nurturing belonging within ourselves, between one another, and with our other-than-human relations.

Thank you for being here.

 

The best decision is that all grief be turned into life-promoting
grief-based beauty and usefulness.

~ Martin Prechtel

 






The heart that breaks open can contain the whole universe.
~ Joanna Macy

A little about me

My names is Shauna Janz and I am the founder of Sacred Grief - an online school offering courses for supporting ourselves and others in healing and wholeness.

For over a decade I have been facilitating individual, family and community grief support & ritual, trauma-informed education, group process, and more recently, ancestral re-connection and healing. My work has mostly been focused in my local community of Victoria, British Columbia, on the west coast of Canada; the Coast Salish ancestral lands of the W̱SÁNEĆ First Nation people.

It is a pleasure to now be extending my offerings here online. More classes and courses will continue to be added, so I invite you to enroll in the school to be updated when this happens.

I am also a teacher with Ancestral Medicine; a trainer with BC Bereavement Helpline; and the education director with Learning Through Loss. I am founder of the Victoria Holistic Death Care Community, and co-visionary for the annual Deathly Matters conference. I am a somatic intuitive who finds sacred communion through music, dance, and singing; a practitioner of the Old Norse magical tradition of Seidr; and award-nominated singer-songwriter. If you would like the unabridged version about me, my personal and professional background, and why I do what I do, visit me here.

If you are seeking individual sessions for grief support, ancestral lineage healing, or mentorship, or would like to explore bringing an in-person training to your community or organization, please visit my website to learn about my other offerings and be in touch.

 

Becoming skillful at digesting our grief makes us a source of
reassurance and stability for the wider community.

~ Francis Weller

Ethics of my offerings

Whether supporting individuals and families, facilitating community rituals, or designing and delivering online courses, I recognize people in their energetic and holistic selves - mental, emotional, physical, social, cultural, and spiritual - and as embedded in the wider field of the other-than-human world. I strive to embody and work from a place that understands my own historical and current social location as a colonial settler of European ancestry.

I acknowledge the ongoing impacts of colonialism, racism, sexism, earth disconnection, and other cultural wounds that work to erase the diversity and dignity of human and other-than-human experiences and expression. My work and offerings are trauma-informed and anchored in the resiliency of the human spirit, healing justice and animist values.

 

You cannot "fix" the world, but you can take part in its self-healing. Healing wounded relationships within you and between you is integral to the healing of our world.
~ Joanna Macy

What others are saying about Sacred Grief offerings

  • Shauna is a master at holding space. It is very easy to relax and trust and drop into the process with her in the lead. She is also brilliant and highly intuitive, so her responses and guidance around questions and comments are always bang on. And that includes encouraging us to follow what feels right. She is strong on safety. And she brings lots of humor. The healing work I've been doing with her over the past year has had a huge impact on my life. Mary McAlister, The Base Healing Community
  • Shauna was an awesome facilitator with amazing empathy, patience, intuition, and compassion. Grateful to have learned from her. Marlene Torvonen, Nanaimo Hospice
  • Shauna you are a true facilitator. Thank you for your gift of space-holding, your knowledge and experience, your ability to genuinely include everyone in such a graceful and uplifting way. It was such an honor to be a part of this course, and each person contributed valuable insights; a sense of community naturally emerged. Sally Ross, Healing Practitioner
  • Shauna is a master at creating a safe space in which to explore and heal the difficult emotions, those which our culture and society typically encourage us to avoid or bury. Thank you for the work you do, Shauna, it is so important. Lori Race, Mandala Health Center
  • I felt instantly welcomed by Shauna's warm presence and her approach to supporting others through grief is refreshing and much needed on our society. With so many helpful takeaways, I feel more more prepared to support others. Amber Rowse-Robinson, Volunteer