Healthy Grieving

We live in a death-phobic and grief-avoidant society, which tells us that healthy grieving is grieving that doesn’t make other people uncomfortable. It shouldn’t last too long and, if it does, you are doing it wrong.

In this service, Angela Haig exposes this line of thought for the fiction that it is, and then begins the discussion of what healthy grief really is, and what it looks like.

Service Coordinator: Marian Siemens

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Healthy Grieving

November 6, 2022

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Centering Thought

Grief is not a disorder, a disease, or a sign of weakness. It is an emotional, physical and spiritual necessity; the price you pay for love. The only cure for grief is to grieve.”

~ Dr. Earl A. Grollman

Centering Music

Iz Kamaka wiwo’ole, “Over the Rainbow”


Marian Siemens

Gathering Hymn

1052 “The Oneness of Everything”

Chalice Lighting

Florence Caplow, All Souls Chalice Lighting

Opening Words

Andrew Pakula, “Come into this Circle of Community, Come Into this Sacred Space”


“Love Is the Spirit,” music by P.J. Buchan

Sharing and Caring

Barbra Fuller

Unison Words

Let us come into this circle of caring, and listen to those who share their joys and sorrows with us. Let the healing power of this community reach out to them, and to each of us. Let loving kindness and joy pass through us, and bring us peace. So may it be.


306 “Sing of Living of Dying”


The Bengsons, “Oh My Love”


Our Share the Plate Partner for November is Resource Assistance for Youth.


UU Winnipeg Choir, “To the Light”


By John Green, read by Angela Haig


354 We Laugh We Cry


Healthy Grieving, Angela Haig

Closing Hymn

1057 “Go Lifted Up”


Marian Siemens


Joel Miller, “In the Rising Sun Today”

Chalice Extinguishing

“Carry the Flame”


Holly Cole  “I Can See Clearly Now”


Gratitude to all who made this service happen:

  • Leaders: Angela Haig
  • Coordinator:, Sunday Services Team
  • Tech Team;, Ashlyn Noble, Arthur Burstow 
  • Candles of Caring Host: Barbara Fuller
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