"The pain passes, but the beauty remains"
Pierre August Renoir
Join MYoga for this special Inspiration Series event exploring the subject of grief with filmaker and former hospice-worker Nancee Sobonya. Together we will view Sobonya's sensitive and ultimately uplifting film on this difficult subject, followed by a Q&A session.
The Gifts of Grief asks the inevitable question for all of us, "How do we transform the tragedy of our losses into a life altering experience that deepens and enriches our lives?" This 52 minute film invites the viewer to discover for themselves the possibility of true gifts emerging from their own losses. The Gifts of Grief is a unique film about the possibility of another side of suffering, told through the personal and inspiring stories of people who have confronted remarkable losses and have found a way to transform their grief into a greater appreciation of life. As we watch these people grapple with difficult emotional and spiritual pain with a mixture of grace, dignity, fear, vulnerability, soulfulness and courage, we are asked to open to our own pain honestly and directly and discover what lessons death and grief have taught us. We explore the possibility that grief while very painful, is one of the closely guarded keys to true transformation and joy.
Nancee Sobonya is a filmmaker and was the Bereavement Coordinator at Pathways Hospice. She is a Grief Counselor/Educator and teaches at the graduate level at Starr King School of Ministry. She is also a minister of the Ridhwan School of Spiritual Development. Nancee has been working in the field of death and bereavement for 26 years. She has studied film at the Film Arts Foundation in San Francisco. In 2005, she created The Gifts of Grief, an independent educational documentary. Currently she is working on her new project called Silent Sorrows a series of videos about life's unacknowledged losses.