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A Bottle Full of Tears ~ Moving Through Grief (In-Person)


Friday 10/21/2022 - Saturday 10/22/2022
6:30pm - 4:30pm EST

Be with us for a Bottle Full of Tears a retreat on moving through grief. Gather with us as we explore the stages of the grief experience in a two-day, in-person interactive retreat. Using a variety of transformative practices alongside reflective pauses for integration, we will honor ways we might be worked by loss, learn from it, and love through it.

You, God, have kept count of my tossings; put my tears in your bottle. Are they not in your record?
~ Psalm 56:8

During the past two and a half years of the pandemic reality, we were challenged to both collective loss and as well as individual realizations of the truth of impermanence and the grief associated with it. Grief is deeply personal and can be one of life’s most difficult challenges. The human experience of loss is inevitable but can also be supported in a variety of healing ways. Grief is an emotional reaction occurring in response to a loss. The internal work of grief is a process, a journey.

Grief is love that has nowhere to go.



MEETING DATES (lunch included)

  • October 21: 6:30-8:30 pm
  • October 22: 9:00 am -12:00 pm & 1:00-4:30 pm


  • Practical handouts
  • Tools to aid in understanding and integrating the grief process and its significance to healing life's losses
  • Learn ways to nurture resiliency and enhance your capacity to honor your unique mourning process


  • Presentation and educational activities
  • Small and large group interaction
  • Griever-friendly rituals
  • Opportunities to practice new skills
  • Opportunities for personal integration


  • $100 - If you are a practicing spiritual director, please use discount code DIRECTOR when checking out.


Dominican Center Marywood continues to monitor and adjust our pandemic response to gatherings. If you have personal health concerns, please request seating at tables specifically designated for social distancing and masking.


Map for Dominican Center Marywood at Aquinas College | Grand Rapids, MI


Dominican Center Marywood is unable to provide overnight accommodations at this time. 

Retreat Facilitator

Debbie Eisenbise

Spiritual Director and End-of-Life Doula

Debbie Eisenbise is a spiritual director and end-of-life doula. She teaches courses related to aging, illness, and end-of-life at Western Michigan University. Ordained for 30 years in the Church of the Brethren, she has accompanied many families, individuals, and communities through grief. She writes poetry, likes to cook, hang out with her husband and her cat, take walks, swim, kayak, and canoe.


In-Person Gatherings

We will gather in person for the Spiritual Director Supervision Practicum at Dominican Center Marywood at Aquinas College, 1700 Fulton St. E, Grand Rapids, MI. Directions and parking information can be found here.


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