Retreat to help you navigate through grief

2 specialists share a community’s cry for help starting tomorrow

Jacob Vosmaer, A Vase with Flowers, c. 1613. Courtesy of the Metropolitan Museum of Art

‘It’s so tempting to tell someone to look on the bright side or think about happier times. It’s harder—and so much more effective—to let their pain exist.’
—Megan Devine

None of us are is immune to the hardships and heartbreak of life. If there is one thing that is certain, it is that we all experience grief in some form.

Over the last two years, we have witnessed loss on an unprecedented scale. Concerns regarding isolation, losing work, and death gradually surfaced until it was considered “normal.” Yet none of us was prepared for the kind of impact this would have on our lives, and while we coped to keep our heads above water, we may have unconsciously brushed aside processing our emotions appropriately.

If you have been feeling random bursts of intense emotional pain, struggling with disbelief or a disruption in your identity, or have increased your efforts to avoid triggering memories of a person/place/experience— you could be experiencing grief. The faces of grief differ for each of us, and it’s just as important to acknowledge that we cope in our own unique way.

Coming together as a community to address a collective cry for help, Atma Prema Wellbeing Group is hosting a retreat at Anya Resort, Tagaytay, on July 8-10, 2022. Aptly called Living, Loving, and Dying, this is an opportunity for those who have experienced loss to seek support and guidance. Atma Prema Wellbeing Group is known for its life-changing and transformative programs, and has extended its reach to those who are struggling with grief or even coming to terms with end-of-life transitions.

Specifically curated to nurture and comfort anyone who is struggling with the realities of bereavement, the sessions will be facilitated by Charity Marohombsar and assisted by Lissa Romero de Guia. Both will guide you towards finding peace amid pain and strengthening your foundation to intentionally move forward with meaning and purpose.

Charity is a highly gifted Life Doula and a Certified Self-Love Solution Teacher who specializes in end-of-life transitions, particularly for cancer warriors and their loved ones. Lissa is a certified Theta Healer, NLP Practitioner, and Certified Self-Love Solution Teacher who has been sharing her experience with loss since the passing of her husband just earlier this year.

As a stage 4 cancer survivor, Charity explains, “When I was staring at my own mortality, that’s when I really started loving myself and intentionally began to live a more purposeful life.” Her work in helping others began with her healing journey, and she has dedicated her life to holding space for those in pain. “It’s amazing how life just keeps on teaching and we are in the midst of being able to put this retreat together so we can teach it back to those who need it,” she adds.

“Grief can also be a heart-opening experience of unconditional love. It’s an ache not to be wished away, but a continuous act of loving,” says Lissa, as she expounds on her emotions. Still reeling from the unexpected and sudden death of her husband, Kidlat de Guia, she carries on with resolve as she continues her work with a heart-centered purpose.

The road to recovery is by no means easy. Healing is not linear, and nobody understands that better than those who have experienced the gravity of loss firsthand. It’s not about moving on—because nobody is being left behind or forgotten. It is in moving forward, keeping those you love with you close to your heart, that one can begin to find one’s footing once more. – Thea Arvisu

Living, Loving, and Dying: A safe space for healing and understanding your grief

July 8-10, 2022 Anya Resort, Tagaytay

Facilitated by Charity Marohombsar, assisted by Lissa Romero de Guia

Brought to you by Atma Prema Wellbeing Group, Inc. in partnership with Anya Resort, Tagaytay

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