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Our Individual and Collective Grief with Claire Willis

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Our Individual and Collective Grief with Claire Willis

We are in the midst of whole-systems change and transformation on the planet. This includes major breakdowns in systems and structures, a global pandemic that has dramatically changed life as we knew it, political unrest, deep cultural wounds surfacing to heal, and of course loss –and death – of all kinds. Many of us are feeling a mix of emotions, including anxiety, despair, sadness, and anger. We might not recognize all this as grief — but we are grieving. Expert witness of grief, Claire Willis, joins us to talk about our individual and collective grief.

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claire_b_willis_760676658.jpgClaire B. Willis, a clinical social worker, has been working in the fields of oncology and bereavement for more than twenty years. Her work and her life experience were the primary sources of inspiration for Opening to Grief.

A former staff member of The Wellness Community, a national organization, and cofounder of the Boston nonprofit Facing Cancer Together, Claire has led bereavement, end-of-life support, and therapeutic writing groups. She has co-taught Spiritual Resources for Healing the Mind, Body, and Soul at Andover Newton Theological School. Claire maintains a private practice in Brookline, Massachusetts.

Claire has worked in hospice care for many years, both as a volunteer and a social worker. As a lay Buddhist chaplain ordained by Joan Halifax at Upaya Zen Center in Santa Fe, she focuses on contemplative practices for end-of-life care. For the past five years, she has been a student of Koshin Paley Ellison, a founding teacher at the New York Zen Center for Contemplative Care. Claire is the author of Lasting Words: A Guide to Finding Meaning Toward the Close of Life (Green Writers Press, Brattleboro, Vermont, 2014)

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About Dr. Julie Krull:

Dr. Julie facilitates opportunities to bring spirit and consciousness more fully into life, relationships, the workplace, and community. She is celebrated as a visionary teacher, recognized for her authentic, down-to-earth approach. Dr. Julie assists to efficiently shift awareness from psychological and spiritual difficulties to a healthier flow of resonance. With her proficient, co-creative expertise, clients everywhere seek her mentoring.

Her fiery passion to uplift humanity began at the age of 11. After an early childhood near death experience, Dr. Julie's spiritual gifts presented. Subsequent childhood trauma and adverse experiences left her asking big questions about God, the Universe, the purpose of life, and the deeper meaning of humanity's pain and suffering. She received a series of prophetic visions, including the great shift of consciousness occurring on the planet and guidance for her vocational role in it. She has followed that path as a healer, teacher, and spiritual midwife ever since.

Her 30-year career blends the pragmatic teachings of Western psychology with inter-faith spiritual insight, her intuitive gifts, and an experiential understanding of energy and mind/body medicine. This compelling combination empowers clients, groups, organizations, and audiences to develop intentional, co-creative practice, aligned with spirit, attuned to heart, in harmony with nature, and in resonance with others. Dr. Julie is a Licensed Mental Health Practitioner with a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology. She is a Reiki Master, Certified Veriditas Labyrinth Facilitator, Spiritual Director, and Certified Wellness Coach. She has studied extensively with Barbara Marx Hubbard and is a Mentor for Agents of Conscious Evolution. Dr. Julie is founder of Generative Alliance, LLC, co-founder of Good of the Whole, and hosts The Dr. Julie Show: All Things Connected. She is the author of the forthcoming book Fractured Grace.