Sometimes it takes a wake-up call like cancer to bring us back to ourselves. The crisis of illness may shake us free of the life that we have created and allow us to begin a return to the life that is our own.
Rachel Naomi Remen, MD
If you’ve been newly diagnosed, are at the beginning, in the middle of, or beyond treatment, or if you’ve lived with cancer for a while, we invite you to join a healing circle. Within a circle, you might find meaning in the challenge of cancer, bear witness to your own or others’ suffering and loss, and explore your choices and capacity for healing.
Healing circles are a safe and supportive space in which you can walk with others through these times. Each circle is a blend of sharing and silence, compassion and curiosity. Agreements ensure acceptance and confidentiality. We honor our own unique paths to healing and respect the choices of others.
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Reflections from our community
Healing circles are groups of peers who support one another through deep listening and compassion. Circle participants abide by agreements, including agreements around confidentiality. The volunteers who host healing circles do not provide medical or psychotherapeutic advice or treatment. Participation in a healing circle does not replace the care provided by a qualified healthcare professional.
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Caring for loved ones
This ongoing healing circle is for those who are caring for a loved ones who has cancer. Together, we create a safe community drawing upon the power of partnership and compassion, where each of us listens and is listened to deeply and generously. We cultivate an environment of safety, sanctuary, and trust; give ourselves space to embrace our common paths; and allow the gates to open to profound learning and healing.
The healing power of community
In this video, members and hosts of Living with Cancer circles describe the impact that healing circles have on their lives.
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