Spaces and ceremonies abound for tangible loss. There are funerals, cemeteries, and memorials. And that matters because these spaces help us find meaning in our loss. In order to heal, we need to inhabit the uninhabitable. Grief is sacred, and it demands space. Built spaces, specifically homelike environments, can facilitate behaviors and emotions that support emotional healing and well-being.
This type of space is glaringly missing for those experiencing ambiguous loss, such as infertility, divorce, chronic pain, and so much more. One key way to find healing is by finding meaning - something a physical space can help facilitate.
Juniper House will provide respite in the form of private retreat space, holistic spiritual direction, healing touch, and more — all in a space curated to facilitate emotional well-being.
I am seeking funding for a down payment for a physical space, furnishing the space, and initial operating costs. I decided to rely primarily on crowd funding to raise the capital funds because it is a way to invite community into what is largely a private healing space. Community is important to healing, so I'm hoping that building Juniper House together will itself bring healing energy into the space.