Release to the Sea
A journey of accepting personal grief and the joys of life. Learning how to release pain into the sea and allow for light to enter your heart to fill it with laughter again.
release to the sea
A journey of embracing grief and its many waves........
While learning to embrace life in between the waves
October 10th - 17th Greek Islands
Grief Comes in Waves
Grief comes in waves. When the ship is first wrecked, you're drowning, with wreckage all around you. Everything floating around you reminds you of the beauty and the magnificence of the ship that was, and is no more. And all you can do is float. You find some piece of the wreckage and you hang on for a while. Maybe it's some physical thing. Maybe it's a happy memory or a photograph. Maybe it's a person who is also floating. For a while, all you can do is float. Stay alive.
In the beginning, the waves are 100 feet tall and crash over you without mercy. They come 10 seconds apart and don't even give you time to catch your breath. All you can do is hang on and float. After a while, maybe weeks, maybe months, you'll find the waves are still 100 feet tall, but they come further apart. When they come, they still crash all over you and wipe you out. But in between, you can breathe, you can function. You never know what's going to trigger the grief. It might be a song, a picture, a street intersection, the smell of a cup of coffee. It can be just about anything...and the wave comes crashing. But in between waves, there is life.
Somewhere down the line, and it's different for everybody, you find that the waves are only 80 feet tall. Or 50 feet tall. And while they still come, they come further apart. You can see them coming. An anniversary, a birthday, or Christmas, or landing at O'Hare. You can see it coming, for the most part, and prepare yourself. And when it washes over you, you know that somehow you will, again, come out the other side. Soaking wet, sputtering, still hanging on to some tiny piece of the wreckage, but you'll come out.
The waves never stop coming, and somehow you don't really want them to. But you learn that you'll survive them. They are a testament your love.
* source of poem writing - given to us from previous participant Cheryl Slomann which we found it to be a perfect poem for Release to the Sea. We have not discovered the author to give them credit for their beautiful work! Author Unknown
Your Program Activities
Your 8 day/ 7 night on the water sailing journey in exploring life between the waves of grief. It's an opportunity to allow the sea to see your pain, she will not judge you. The sea will hold space for you so that you can allow yourself to embrace its light and energy and re-learn what it means to live. On the journey you will have the opportunity to remember you loved one, to honor them, to keep their memory alive and to share stories of how they lived, their life and all that made you laugh for each time you laugh it makes their light shine brighter. The journey is an inter-connected journey with Greece and its culture, traditions and customs for honoring our loved ones. A journey of understanding of how other cultures embrace grief, how their faith, beliefs, customs and traditions help them navigate their way back to the light.
Wreath/Flower Ceremony at Sea
Flag Making "Fly your child's flag high on the mast"
Preparation of Koliva - Greek Ceremonial dish of remembrance
Candle Lighting Remembrance Ceremonies
Journaling to reflect and release
Daily Meditation Exercises
Beach Walks/Mountain Hikes
This program is ideally suited for:
- Bereaved mothers with have experienced the unimaginable loss of a child
- Women who must find the strength to carry on for surviving children
- Mothers who wish to experience a ceremonial journey of remembrance
- Women who wish to be in the presence of other women in a supportive environment, free of judgement
- Women seeking to find new ways of accepting their life experience and surviving the loss of their child
- Bereaved mothers seeking to re-open their heart to life and embrace their life experience
- Women seeking a safe haven for their Grief to allow it to rise and release to the sea
$3,500 (8 days/7 nights)
3 man crew Captain, Chef and Hostess
(1) Queen stateroom (shared occupancy) en-suite amenities
Half Board (Breakfast/Lunch plus all drinks with meals)
Airport Pick up
Pre-Journey Athens Welcome Dinner
Pre-Journey Meet the Moms at the Acropolis
All on board Ceremonies and Activities
All island activities with navigators
Sponsor someone you love
We understand that not everyone has the financial wherewithal to embark on a journey thousands of miles away. But perhaps with the compassion of all of us, we can help them on their journey to set sail in hopes that they will find some moment of peace in their heart.
100% of your donation is applied to your sponsored loved one to off-set their costs. We are merely the messengers of good tidings.
Programs offered year round - groups of 8 minimum
Release to the Sea