MOURNER’S BILL OF RIGHTS

by Avantika Waleryszak, MSW & Carrie Tyler, RN

1. You have the right to be seen and recognized in your grief and not judged.
2. Your grief does not make you an incomplete person, in fact it can bring you into wholeness.
3. Your grief is personal to you, like a fingerprint, only you can know or embrace your story. 
4. You have the right to have your boundaries respected, to share only what you want to share, or to not share at all. 
5. There is no timeline to your grief. Grief from twenty years ago is as valid as grief from yesterday. 
6. You have the right to explore what is underneath the initial grief or precipitating event. 
7. You have the right to show up as you are.
8. You have the right to ask your loved ones for pizza not advice. Support looks different for everybody. 
9. You have the right to speak about not only positive things, but negative things as well. You do not owe it to anyone to be inspirational.
10. You have the right to be changed by your grief. You may not know who this new person is yet, but you have the right to find out if you choose. 

HOW WE HOLD SPACE AT YOGA FOR GRIEF

1. Together we are co-creating a safe space. What is said here stays here
2. Each of us has equal time we do not monopolize.
3. Let people have their experiences, you do not need to fix them. 
4. Allow others to talk, we do not interrupt. Listening to others can be a good growth experience. 
5. If you feel pressure to talk but don’t feel like it, say so.
6. We welcome all paths to healing, thoughts and feelings are neither right or wrong. They just are.