In a new series of Walks for you to try out by yourself using our audio guides, we continue with Grief. Plug in your earphones, pop your shoes on, and head out to the streets!
When might you want to go on a Grief Walk?
Loss is a lot to deal with, and no-one grieving need be alone. There’s thankfully so much out there today to help with the powerful feelings and emotions associated with loss and grief: talking therapies, Death Cafes, grief groups. And that’s right. So our offering here is just to complement what’s already out there. Wandering with your grief, at the right time in your healing process, might be useful, not to move forwards necessarily, but to accompany your grieving self side-by-side with loving-kindness and self-compassion. If you are bereaved and would like to talk to someone, call the Cruse Bereavement Helpline or search for your nearest local bereavement support service.
What do you need to go on this Walk?
Yourself, of course. A little bit of time, 45 minutes is great, give yourself an hour if you can. Shoes and weather-proof clothing are useful. And a phone with headphones so you can listen to our audio guides.
OK, let’s go!
And just to say: firstly – thanks for being here. It means you’re doing something for yourself, about yourself, which might make all the difference. Secondly, and more practically, you’re going to do three short Tune Ups to get your amazing navigation system (your body!) into a good place for your Quest, each of about ten minutes. Then you’re going to go on a Quest of about fifteen minutes (longer if you have more time) focused on Grief. Right, let’s do this.
Tune Up One: Let’s Get Curious
About 10 mins.
The first Tune Up is all about tuning in to the world around us and getting curious.
Click play and start wandering now.
Tune Up Two: Take Your Time
About 10 mins.
The second Tune Up is about slowing down and making more time, to allow more space between the gaps so to speak.
Click play and start wandering (more slowly!) now.
Tune Up Three: Lighting Up Life
About 10 mins.
The third Tune Up is about sensing the beauty all around you. It really is a beautiful wake-up call. Don’t miss a thing!
Click play and start wandering beautifully now.
The Quest: Grief
About 15 mins (or longer if you like).
Now you’re all tuned up, your navigation system (aka your body, your mind, your heart, your DNA, your footprint, your imagination, all your senses including your wonderful sense of self) can go on your Grief Quest.
Click play and consider using some of these quests below as prompts for your own Grief enquiry
- Streets, show me options for how I can best support myself through my grief
- How can I make today an unusually self-compassionate day?
- Give me some insights into how I can value the living even more
- Dear streets, give me some ideas for how to turn my sadness into joy
- Hello world, show [insert your name] some things [he/she/they] doesn’t know
- Show [insert your name] some new ways to honour [his/her/their] loved one
Oh, the advanced version?
Ask a friendly-looking stranger your question. Answers are everywhere, and teachers are everywhere too.
If you’ve found this Grief Walk useful
…and we hope you have, then share it with a friend or member of your family. It’s free, after all, and showing them you care really could make all the difference.
If you can, tell us how you found it, email us at [email protected]. We can’t wait to hear from you.
Inspired? Fancy some more Street Wisdom? Join a Walkshop near you, or head out for your own wander right now with our Tune Ups. Buy your own copy of Wanderful, all profits go back into Street Wisdom to help keep it free. Share your insights and follow us @StreetWisdom_
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