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Help Build the Grief House

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Grief used to be impossible to avoid or to hide. We lived in integrated communities where loss was constant and collective. Our worlds were deeply and inextricably interwoven.

Today many of us count ourselves lucky to spend the bulk of our time among benevolent strangers. When things are going pretty well, that feels okay. The kind of deep trust and collaboration we used to have is less crucial when everything seems to be going along just fine.

For a while now, for many of us, everything hasn't been going along just fine. This virus - this whole year - has made us acknowledge that we’re scared and often lonely. Also grateful and hopeful and angry and sad. We’ve lost things. We’re messy. We’re mourning. 

And we need community.

The Portland Grief House ( is creating a place where we can feel safe to explore our complex feelings, together. Right now we’re small and, due to the pandemic, entirely virtual. We've built a website where people can read, write, listen, make things, and see what we at The Grief House and others have made. We host monthly virtual gatherings centered around different grief and integration practices. Later, when we can, we'll have physical gatherings as well. We hope, someday, to build a retreat in the woods. We have big dreams.

In this moment, we need your help to grow our community and our offerings. We are working to raise $3,500 to support this project as it puts down roots. This will pay for:

·      Insurance for the year

·      A Zoom account (so we can continue to host virtual gatherings)

·      Quicken (to track our finances)

·      Seed funds for the future

At The Portland Grief House, we believe grief can show up as a multitude of emotions, including joy and hope. We allow and encourage people to be many things at once and don’t insist anyone be wholly defined by their loss. We don’t sort grief by type or arrange it from hardest to easiest. We believe we can support each other in our grief, even when the sources of our loss are different. Our work doesn’t rely primarily on talking. We believe we process grief with our whole selves – body, mind, and spirit. We create and nurture projects that bring body, mind, and spirit together to deepen the integration of loss into our lives.

If you like what we're making, if you'd like to make it with us, we would appreciate your support.

Any amount you can contribute will be joyfully accepted and put to use.

To show our immense gratitude, we're offering these tokens of thanks:

•Donations of $25 or more -- you receive a set of 10 postcards featuring the beautiful artwork of Chelsea Granger 

•Donations of $50 or more -- you receive a set of 10 postcards featuring the beautiful artwork of Chelsea Granger and you will be entered into a drawing for one of the following Grief House affiliated services: 

1. A birth chart reading by astrologer Gayle MacDonald
      Learn more about Gayle at:

2. A three-card tarot reading by Elayne Puzan
Learn more about Elayne at:

3. Grief Thief monthly service by Alyna O'Hanlon
Learn more about Alyna at

4. A 90 minute massage by Laura Green
Learn more about Laura at:

We're grateful for you. We're so glad to be a part of your community.

Laura. Sascha and the Portland Grief House team


Laura Green
Portland, OR

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