Reflections On Grief & Loss
By Jessica Thomas PhD, LMFT
There would be no chance at all of getting to know death if it happened only once. But fortunately, life is nothing but a continuing dance of birth and death, a dance of change. Every time I hear the rush of a mountain stream, or the waves crashing on the shore, or my own heartbeat, I hear the sound of impermanence. These changes, these small deaths, are our living links with death.
–By Sogyal Rinpoche from The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying
Practice of mindful photography and journal writing for those that have experienced the death of someone close to them.
Class schedule: Sundays at 10am on March 6th, March 13th, March 20th, March 27th
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Dr. Jessica Thomas
Jessica’s compassion and expertise stems from her understanding of the web of connections and emotional dynamics unfolding in contemporary families, couples, and larger organizational systems. She believes that we are all connected, that through awareness we can create meaning, and learn the causes of our own happiness and the conditions for others’ happiness.