Nothing can interrupt a dream like the death of a loved one. Our life’s narrative not only takes an unexpected turn, but it can feel as if our story has ended. In reality, our story does continue, albeit not as we expected. We know as people who have loved and lost (and from contemporary grief research) that the relationship with our beloved does not end, and continuing bonds not only bring us comfort, but also help us adjust to life after loss.
At some point—maybe it is today—we will raise our head up and look towards our future. Once we have learned to cope with our life after loss, we choose to create the life we desire. So go ahead. Dream for yourself once more, while carrying your dear one close to your heart.
Discovering mindfulness was a powerful moment for me. I suddenly arrived in my body, and knew I had a tool that would help me process life's difficult emotions.
is a coming of age documentary exploring loss, vulnerability, & growth during young adulthood produced by Niccole Osborn. This is her story.
We know that time does not, in fact, heal all wounds - it is what you do with the time that matters. My online grief support focuses on mindfulness-based activities, such as meditation, journaling prompts, and self-reflection exercises that I offer to my students who attend my classes in person at the Frederick Meditation Center.
Check out the three online grief support offerings below which will help you cope with grief, reduce your suffering, and get to know yourself better in the process. http://mindfulnessandgrief.com/online-grief-support/
My step-father died on May 28th 7 years ago. This is my essay on love, loss, and this one question that gets asked over and over again.
Equanimity is the ability to be with what is happening–whether it is pleasurable, unpleasurable or neutral—without reacting to it one way or another. It is one of the four _brahmavihāras_—the sublime attitudes of Buddhism—along with lovingkindness, compassion, and empathetic joy.
Understanding grief as anything but natural denies the reality of the situation. Grief is not an illness to be cured, but a very real part of being human.
First we tend to the body of grief, then cope with difficult emotions and cultivate loving-kindness.
- Frederick Meditation CenterFounder, 2014 - presentThe Frederick Meditation Center offers Mindfulness Meditation instruction, Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy and compassionate counseling. Visit http://frederickmeditation.com for class and retreat schedule.
- Mindfulness & GriefAuthor & Group Facilitator, 2010 - presentHeather is the author of Mindfulness & Grief, based on the 8-week program she developed and facilitates, which includes meditation, yoga and journaling exercises.
Heather Stang, MA is the author of Mindfulness and Grief,
a book based on the 8 week groups she developed. She earned a Masters
in Thanatology (Death, Dying & Bereavement) from Hood College in
2010, and is a mindfulness meditation instructor and Phoenix Rising Yoga
Her focus is on helping the bereaved stay healthy
and increase immune functioning through mindfulness based practices,
relaxation and expressive arts.
She currently serves as the Networking Chair for the Association of Death Education and Counseling, and is the founder of the Frederick Meditation Center in Frederick, Md..
- St. Mary's College of MarylandArt History, 1996Focus on Pre-Raphaelite Art; Winner of the Vasari Prize 1996
- Hood CollegeThanatology, 2010The Study of Death & Dying