Podcast in Dutch: Rouwen en Vieren met Mirjam Schulpen

My passion for grief

“Mirjam gave a lot of space and warmth to get in touch with the pain that I was scared to get in touch with. She was very honest with her own struggles with grief.  I felt connected and safe throughout the entire workshop.”

If we mourn it is because we love. Grief is a door to love and vitality, to life itself. Supporting people through their mourning has been one of my passions for 20+ years.

The act of grieving together can feel like a wash of your system. Mourning lightens our load and releases tension in our bodies. Grieving is a powerful life skill and a practice that got lost in our modern society. This is why I enjoy offering sharing circles for grief and other compassioante spaces for mourning in community.

For years I did not know how to be with my grief, even though I was living with multiple loss. Simply because I had never learned how to mourn. I tried avoiding and denying it, pushing myself to move on and “function normally”. What I know now is that this does not make my grief go away. If I don’t allow myself to mourn, I can get stuck in my life: my blocked grief is actually blocking my joy, freedom and creativity. 

While living with loss and change on my path, I am always learning about grief and mourning in my own life.

I regularly offer workshops about grief and grief circles (in English, Spanish and Dutch). I also offer grief sessions to families, couples, friend groups and individuals.