Tending Grief: Embodied Rituals for Holding Our Sorrow and Growing Cultures of Care in Community

North Atlantic. Apr. 2024. 272p. ISBN 9781623179946. pap. $18.95. SELF-HELP
Barton is an artist, facilitator, consultant, and curator of embodied social justice, grief, pleasure, and drug policy. They use their learning and experience to offer readers a toolkit that they can use to help process, heal, and connect with the powerful emotion that is grief. This book encourages readers to confront difficult topics head on, considering the past, present, and future of these topics and what their role may be in acknowledging those injustices. Barton emphasizes the necessity of tending to grief within social movements, a space that doesn’t easily allow for the processing emotions that come with combating social injustices. Parts of the book read more as a conversation piece, encouraging readers to consider certain social justice spaces. The last section of the book is more of a guide, encouraging readers to use embodiment practices to connect with their grief.
VERDICT Barton specifically speaks to the way in which grief impacts queer and BIPOC communities, but their embodiment practice exercises will appeal to anyone working through feelings of trauma, pain, and loss.
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