Meditating With Grief (March – May 2016)

January 5th, 2016

by Kip Williams

Grief is not a task to finish
And move on,
But an element of yourself-
An alteration of your being.
A new way of seeing.
A new definition of self.

-From Grief by Gwen Flowers (full poem below)

The death of a loved one can bring on intense and painful feelings. The powerful urge to avoid or lessen our pain can create new difficulties in our lives and conflicts in our close personal relationships. This 3-month meditation and therapy group will encourage deep exploration and mindful acceptance of the experience of loss through close contact with a supportive community.


We will begin with a day-long urban retreat on Sunday, March 13. We will continue meeting on Tuesday evenings from 7-9 beginning March 22 and ending May 31. Each 2-hour meeting will begin with a 20-minute guided meditation, followed by an hour and a half of facilitated sharing and reflection. The location is in downtown San Francisco right next to the Civic Center BART.

The group will be limited to 6-8 participants who will commit to attend all meetings prior to the day-long retreat. Ideal participants have experienced the death of a relative, friend, or other close personal relation within the last year. They should be willing to sit for 20-minute silent meditations and to talk about their experiences in a small and supportive group. Prior experience with meditation is not necessary.

Fees: $150 for the daylong retreat; $60 for subsequent sessions.

Fees should not prohibit anyone’s participation. Please call to discuss a reduced fee.

About the Facilitator

Kip Williams is a practitioner of Insight Meditation and a graduate of the Integral Counseling program at CIIS. He has extensive experience in group facilitation and community organizing, and he draws therapeutically on his own experience in the deaths of his father and best friend under extraordinary circumstances.

For more information or to discuss participation, please contact Kip at 415.690.8089 or

Kip Williams Headshot

Kip Williams, MFT Intern #80205; Supervised by Dino Di Donato, MFT #39831


I had my own notion of grief.
I thought it was the sad time
That followed the death of someone you love.
And you had to push through it
To get to the other side.
But I’m learning there is no other side.
There is no pushing through.
But rather,
There is absorption.
And grief is not something you complete,
But rather, you endure.
Grief is not a task to finish
And move on,
But an element of yourself-
An alteration of your being.
A new way of seeing.
A new definition of self.

-Gwen Flowers

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