Take Root Therapy November Newsletter

Grief is a complex emotion- we aim to help you understand and honor all the forms of grief that we’ve experienced during this holiday season.

A Letter From Our Founder


Hi all,

Here we are, just days from Thanksgiving.

We made it through one pandemic holiday season, and now we are quickly entering a second one. While the last 20 months have been challenging for everyone, most of us are holding a multitude of feelings simultaneously.

And the Rittenhouse trial verdict, while unsurprising to many, can still be a source of great pain and sorrow for those who understand what precedent is being set by this decision. When given the opportunity to rebuke white supremacy and all that it espouses, the justice system failed yet again. We can still feel grief over the numerous losses that this decision signifies, particularly with regard to the safety of marginalized peoples.

If you’re having a difficult time getting into the holiday spirit, it may be due to how much grief you’ve had to contend with month after month. This month’s blog article defines grief, and explores how it comes in different shapes and sizes. We review its impact, and how to honor it.

If you aren’t sure if it’s grief you’re experiencing, or if you know that it is and need someone to hold it with you, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us. If you find yourself feeling sadness around todays verdict, know that you’re not alone, no matter how it may feel. Try to surround yourself with friends and loved ones who can be a source of support during this time, and know that we are here to hold your feelings with you. And if you’re just struggling because of the holidays and all that they entail (spending time with family, not spending time with family, just feeling down, etc), we encourage you to contact us too. As always, we are here and we want to help. You can email us at info@takeroottherapy.com or call/text us at (323) 388-5578.

Saba Harouni Lurie

On The Blog

Image of the shape of a person under the covers in bed. Superimposed on this image is a quasi-transparent image of a woman with her head back to depict layers of grief.

How Do I Know if This is Grief?: Understanding and Honoring Grief In All Shapes, Sizes, and Seasons

Over the past 20 months I have watched more TV and movies than I had in years. They offered me a way to cope, a distraction, and space to process. Unsurprisingly, the common theme in a lot of the shows and films I watched last year was grief. It just couldn’t be escaped. Animated films, TV shows… grief was everywhere. I suspect that’s because we were experiencing it on all fronts in our daily lives too. For many, it was the first time they had really contended with grief. And as a society, it was certainly the first time we had to reckon with grief on this level…

Community Events

Recover Me

Recover Me is an international fundraiser that uses original film/visual arts to provide an educational and community centered approach to mental health awareness!

Join them for an evening of visual art, 10 original short films selected out of 250 worldwide submissions, Q&A with licensed mental healthcare professionals, and community!

Sunday, November 21st from 5:00pm to 9:00pm

~ $15/ticket~

4414 West 2nd Street
Los Angeles, CA 90004

Divine H2O Thanksgiving Food Drive

Give back this thanksgiving by joining the A Divine H2O Thanksgiving Food Drive Sunday, November 28th at A Divine H2O in West Hollywood! This month’s Divine Project Drive will be a very special one as they will be providing warm meals with handwritten intentions to bring holiday blessings to those experiencing hardships through this unprecedented time. They will provide gloves, sanitizers and masks to comply with CDC regulations to ensure volunteers feel safe and secure in serving the community.

Sunday, November 28th from 12:30pm to 3:30pm

A Divine H2O
8539 Sunset Boulevard
West Hollywood, CA 90069

Featured Publications

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featuring Saba Harouni Lurie