RAISE is an online community bringing together grievers who are seeking a loving (and spiritual) way to transform the pain of grief, so that we can inspire and empower each other to rise, reconnect with our 'dead' loved ones, heal and rebirth into a purposeful and joyful life.
RAISE is a meeting point; a space where the physical world meets the non-physical.
My name is Hannah Velten - writer, grief healer and spirit messenger. I've been a writer/author for over 20 years and never in my wildest dreams thought I'd have the second and third job titles... in fact, I was frightened of anything 'spirit-y'. So, please, if you're feeling nervous, I understand... but, I also know the love and support you find when you gradually (and safely) open yourself to the non-physical world.
The only reason I embarked on my own "Grief Walk" was because of my brother, Christian - my co-host of RAISE.
A little background for you: Christian went missing in Mali, Africa, in 2003, when he was 27 years old. He was on a solo expedition and disappeared without a trace, despite numerous searches, and his sudden loss changed everything. It shattered us. But we had hope.
But even hope dissolved as the years went by. It wasn't until 2018 when the truth was eventually revealed.
By that time, I was spiritually, emotionally, and physically strong enough to learn that he'd been drugged and drowned. Christian, in his spirit form, was the one to tell me, and show me, what had happened to him.
That obviously sounds so far-fetched that it can't possibly be true, but it is! I always knew that I would find my brother, but I didn't know when or how it would happen. Nor that I would find him in Spirit, rather than in the physical. But... our relationship is stronger than ever.
Loss is most definitely an illusion.
In November 2018, Christian and I made a pact... we would work together to heal and transform grief in the world. I never knew why Christian insisted on having 'the world' focus... but with the pandemic of COVID-19 not allowing grievers to follow the 'normal' funeral/grief rites, I can see how well RAISE can step into the vacuum and provide comfort, inspiration and community.
RAISE has taken over a year of hard work to create. Christian and I will share our story with you: the truths and lessons we've learned, how unconditional love made our connection possible and how we've healed and grown from a place of traumatic loss.
Brother and sister. Side by side. A bond unbroken by death.
Christian and I will be creating magic* and miracles** within RAISE. Through our sharing, you'll see that it's possible to continue your relationship with your loved one after their physical death and to rebuild yourself, and your life, with unconditional love being all you need.
I received this message from Spirit in early April 2020:
Christian and I will act as the lighthouses - helping to inspire you, empower you and support you, as you move towards your grief and explore it: we'll be there to hold your hand until you find your own inner strength and resilience.
We're here to honestly and openly tell you our story. There is no point is hiding anything. I spent far too many years denying grief and searching externally for Christian and the truth, while all the love, clarity and stamina I needed to find my brother, and full healing, were within me.
We don't want anyone to have unresolved grief festering... when it's totally possible, and essential, to set yourself free.
RAISE is free to join, giving you access to Communal Raise, the 'Emergency Grief Kit' and a library of Spirit messages/articles. NO COST.
If you would like to deepen your healing and find true wholeness you can then join our paid-for 'Grief Walk' workshop/course. We also host a paid-for 'Finder of Lost Things' Circle to help you explore your superpowers of trust, healing and transformation - this circle is for all losses, not solely bereavement.
It's up to you how far you travel with us.
* Magic relies on attention and intention. **Miracles occur with a change in thinking.
There is no need for equipment, but a journal would be good to record your journey with us, and also bring along something belonging to your loved one - perhaps a piece of jewellery or a watch or a pen - that way they will know you're here!
The "Grief Walk" course will require you to be strong and willing to dive deep into your grief, but will only happen if and when you're ready. You will need to view the "Emergency Grief Kit" first, and there is "The Finder of Lost Things" Circle, full of mini-courses and challenges, to help strengthen you, nurture trust in yourself and establish that all important connection with Spirit.
When something good happens to you, while you're part of RAISE, we want you to share this goodness with others. This is why we're creating this community. We want the transformations you experience, while being part of RAISE, to be sent onwards and outwards. This is the only way to affect a global change: encouraging people to think and live in a loving way, rather than a fearful way, about the death of a loved one.
This is the ultimate goal of RAISE: Unconditional love for yourself, and your loved one in spirit, will bring all the magic and miracles you need to rise out of grief. Christian and I didn't go through 17 years of trauma, loss and pain for anything less.
Within the free main RAISE community, we will post most days within the Communal Raise area (when we're not busy creating elsewhere). Content will vary but it might be a thought-provoking message, an idea, a question or poll, a new perspective, a tip, a recommendation, a Spirit message.... the options really are endless.
While you can join the courses already mentioned, we will also be offering one-off events and workshops within the main RAISE community, such as journalling, tarot and connecting with your guides.
You will be able to comment and share your thoughts, tell your stories, say what's worked for you, say what's not worked for you. You can ask us questions. You can connect with other members in your area, or across the globe. You can invite family members, friends or colleagues to also join RAISE.
At all times, you will be loved, respected and part of this community. And, as such, your voice will be heard.
I can't guarantee this, but it's also perfectly reasonable to expect that those in the non-physical world will try to connect during live events. Please don't join the community expecting this to happen specifically for you, though.
We want to empower YOU to have your own 2-way communication channel. We will be sharing how Christian and I gradually connected and how you can recognise the signs of your loved one's presence in your lives. If you decide to join the "The Finder of Lost Things" Circle and/or "Grief Walk", that connection will grow stronger, for sure.
If you'd like to book a Zoom call with Hannah, to discuss working privately with her; would like to buy a paperback copy of Lost & Found: The 8-Pointed Pathway to Healing and Growth After Loss or would like to view the films of Hannah and Christian retracing his final few weeks in Africa, please see Hannah's website for details.
We are currently employing a 'Request to Join' for free entry into RAISE - click on the 'Request To Join' orange button at the top of the page. This gateway is to ensure our community is a safe, comfortable and open space for true sharing and healing to occur. I'm sure you understand and appreciate this measure of privacy we are taking...
So, let us support you as you begin to harness the power of love to rise, heal and transform grief.
Hannah and Christian
Important Note: Terms & Conditions for membership into RAISE can be viewed here. In order to join RAISE you agree to these terms & conditions.