NIGHTS OF GRIEF AND MYSTERY
In November the MSW grief counseling class took its learning off campus and attended a performance at the Cedar Cultural Center titled, Nights of Grief and Mystery. The performance featured Canadian theologian, social worker and grief expert Stephen Jenkinson, and musician Gregory Hoskins. The evening wove together Jenkinson’s story telling with Hoskin’s music to create a new vision of grief. Jenkinson, author of Die Wise: A Manifesto for Sanity and Soul, the award-winning book about grief and dying, shared stories about loss and grief that were filled with empathy, humor and a bit of irreverence. His perspective challenges conventional understandings of death and dying as opportunities to see beauty, even through pain.
As one student described, “It was really moving, and I cried at a couple points. I think his perspective on death and dying is amazing; to accept and live for the here and now, knowing that we are all going to die someday.”