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Death Wings: A Hands-on Creative Ritual for Remembering and Letting Go. This workshop is a three-hour session for gathering in a small group, gently opening up to some thoughts and feelings about loss and grief, engaging in a simple crafting project (no experience necessary, please watch this video for a preview), and then optional sharing of reflections/stories about what emerges for you and the group through the process.

In a society that feeds and profits on our fear of death, we feel a dearth of public rituals that not only normalize loss but actually celebrate what letting go liberates in us. We want to share and co-create a version of Grand’s ritual with you by making sets of mini-wings in community.


We’re embracing the widest possible definition of death, in that any important life transition is potentially coupled with some loss and grief. Here are some examples of how you might focus your set of mini-wings:


  • honor and memorialize someone who has died or is in the process of dying (like Bess’ wings for her father)

  • honor and process a significant change in a relationship, job, home, etc. (maybe a divorce or kid leaving home, etc.)

  • mourn and amplify an important issue or problem (COVID-19, climate catastrophe, racial violence and injustice, erosion of reproductive rights, etc.)


Workshops are offered at no charge. Donations are accepted. Adults only, please.

Sessions are co-facilitated by Bess Welden and Dana Legawiec.

Photo by Molly Haley

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Sunday, February 12, 2023 from 2:00-5:15 PM - Meetinghouse Arts, Freeport

Sunday, March 5, 2023 from 2:00-5:15 PM - The Theater Project, Brunswick

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