Tending Grief – out in April 2024

Tending Grief explores the many forms of collective grief that we experience and the benefit of being with grief in community so we can reduce isolation, build trust, clarify what we care about and move towards this together. The book speaks to the ways that BIPOC and queer readers disproportionately experience unique constellations of loss.

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Deeply practical and easy to use in times of confusion, trauma, and pain, Tending Grief includes rituals, reflection prompts, and exercises that help us process and metabolize our grief—without bypassing or pushing aside what comes to the fore. Sapara Barton includes exercises that can be done both alone and in community, including:

  • Altar practices to honor and connect with ancestors known and unknown
  • Locating, holding, and dancing your grief
  • Sharing circles for processing communal loss
  • Water, fire, and nature-based rituals
  • Honoring the survival utility of numbness—and knowing when it’s time to release it
  • Peer support and integration
  • Herbal medicines and plant-based healing

Sapara Barton honors each and every experience: The loss of displacement from homelands, from severed lineages and ancestral ways of knowing. The grief of colonization and theft. The deep heaviness that burrows into our bodies when society tells us our bodies are wrong. Practical tools and rituals help readers feel into their grief, honor what comes up, and move forward in healing.

Written specifically to center and hold the grief of BIPOC readers, Tending Grief is an invitation to reconnect to what we’ve lost, to find community in our grief, and to tend to our own suffering for our individual and collective wellbeing.

Camille Sapara Barton is a gift to all of us, because they understand that every single one of us will grieve, and they have given us a way to understand how we can grieve in community and center care in the inevitable transitions of our lives. This is what emergent strategy looks like at the precipice.

- adrienne maree brown

Camille Sapara Barton is undoubtedly one of our generation’s luminaries, as this offering makes crystal clear. Camille’s capacity to bring forward an imaginative yet consistently grounded and honest perspective about life’s biggest inquiries – love, liberation, and loss – has made them a powerful and piercing voice in the emerging psychedelic ecosystem. It can be challenging to balance the visionary and the practical, made harder in a world that perpetually attempts to flatten and reduce everything holy to something consumable. Camille invites us all back into balance with the grace of a teacher and the patience of a parent, gently waiting for the rest of us to catch up.

- Ismail Ali, Director of Policy and Advocacy at the Multidisciplinary Association of Psychedelic Studies (MAPS)

In this beautiful little book, Camille Sapara Barton offers readers a powerful medicine, not only for being with and moving through grief, but for responding to the social injustice that sickens our world. Setting sharp, lucid political analysis alongside transformative somatic practices, Tending Grief: Embodied Rituals for Holding Our Sorrow and Growing Cultures of Care in Community is an essential map for anyone who longs for collective healing. This is an invaluable resource for changemakers everywhere.

Kai Cheng Thom, author, mediator, and somatic coach

Tending Grief is a cauldron containing the right ingredients to center our individual and collective grief. The kind of grief and loss that makes us raw, come undone, unravel, and come into our humanness. The ingredients in this magical cauldron in the form of a book are the historical and ancestral understanding of how we hold grief in our bones and bring it into our movements. Tending Grief calls us to turn toward our grief, acknowledge and respond to it, and allow it to move through and change us. This book is a vital tool and resource for the times we are wading through, times that are mirroring to us the patterns of what must change and change now.

Michelle C. Johnson, author of Finding Refuge and We Heal Together

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