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Mourning Vigil: Creating Space for Grief and Loss

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June 17th 2021 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM

As more people are expressing hope and optimism about the future, we at Colorado Nonprofit Association acknowledge how much grief and loss was experienced in the past twelve months. We want to hold space for those around us working in the social sector to be with one another, listen to music and poetry, talk with healers, light a candle, share each other's stories or just sit in meditation and take it all in. 


Please join us for a mourning vigil the morning of June 17th when we'll come together, lift up voices from our 2020/2021 Colorado Nonprofit Community Memory Altar and acknowledge some of what's been lost and create space for collective healing before we look to the future. 


Before you know kindness as the deepest thing inside,

you must know sorrow as the other deepest thing.

You must wake up with sorrow.

You must speak to it till your voice

catches the thread of all sorrows

and you see the size of the cloth.

Then it is only kindness that makes sense anymore,

only kindness that ties your shoes

and sends you out into the day to gaze at bread,

only kindness that raises its head

from the crowd of the world to say

It is I you have been looking for,

and then goes with you everywhere

like a shadow or a friend.


- excerpted from Kindness, a poem by Naomi Shihab Nye







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Event Description

Nancy Rae Kochis, AA, AAS, B.S.L.M.; Integrative Holistic Health and Wellness Practitioner has developed Wellness Coaching and Lifestyle Medicine programs for Native communities, and is an acknowledged Allied Health Professional by both the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Canadian Pediatric Society. She is the first graduate of the Bachelor’s of Science, Extended Major Lifestyle Medicine incubator program from the American College of Lifestyle Medicine at MSU Denver. She provides Botanical Pharmacology, Public Health Education Programs, and is a certified Wellness Coach.

She is an Apaches de Coloradas, Carlanas Tribe. Her people are known as the D’zjl Ay’un’a (Mountain Buffalo) band. 


Lisa Show is a Colorado Springs-born nonclassical cellist and vocalist crafting original compositions and fluid soundscapes. Her musical projects span several years living and performing in Austin, Texas with rock and roll bands, multiple short tours in the West and Midwest playing Blues-Americana, and most recently, with all-female shoegaze band Spirettes. Lisa is currently enrolled in the master’s counseling program at University of Colorado Denver, anticipating a professional orientation to address trauma, crisis, grief, and loss, with a special interest in somatic therapies. Her present collaborations focus on providing synchronous soundscapes with yoga asana practice and conceptual multimedia art installations, fusing cello-driven sound overlays with clinically-intelligent vibrational somatics to engage participants in an immersive experience that is both creative in nature and therapeutic in effect.

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