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 (she/her) 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 Gatherings, 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 you 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 programs, 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 privileged social location as a cis-gendered queer woman of northern European ancestry with lineages of both colonial settler and refugee experiences.
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
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