The Grieving Tree Project


The Grieving Tree project provides participants with a safe space to grieve, mourn, and reflect on their losses under a mulberry tree. 

In honor of
the precious lives lost from COVID-19,

we are offering a virtual grieving space from June 6th to June 13th, 2021, remotely broadcasting around the Grieving Tree
from the Lambert campus of Pacifica Graduate Institute, CA.

Due to the tragic nature of the pandemic, most families could not bid farewell to their loved ones fully.
As a collective spirit, we invite you to this event for tending to your suffering and loss while sharing hearts through collective mourning.

For participation, please check the registration.


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Virtual Grieving Tree

Grieving Tree Opening Ritual, June 6th, 2021

Streaming is canceled due to technical difficulty. However, the recording of the ritual will be ready tomorrow. We deeply apologize for it and thank you for your understanding.

This is a virtual event, and all the participants will remotely attend this event. The rituals and the Grieving Tree site will be live-streamed on this website and Pacifica Graduate Institute YouTube channel.

The live broadcasting schedules are as follows:

The opening ritual: Sunday at 12-1 pm (PST) June 6th, 2021
Daily live stream of the Grieving Tree site: 9-5 pm (PST) June 7th-13th, 2021
The closing ceremony: Sunday at 7-8 pm (PST) June 13th, 2021

We invite you to participate in the following ways:

  • Write a brief note of your loss that you would like us to honor. We will write your message confidentially on a slip of mulberry paper tied with string and hold it with the Grieving Tree for you, along with some silent morning meditation.
  • Share meaningful art, poetry, dance, or music that touches upon memories of a loved one or collective grief and loss.
  • List the name of your clinic or private practice as a resource for those who wish to reach out for support.

For more information, please leave a message on registration.