Recent Articles from the Mindfulness & Grief Blog
Articles To Help You Cope With Grief Using Meditation
It is normal to feel disoriented, and many of us wonder if we are coping with grief in the “right” way. Grief is like an umbrella—beneath it you will find physical, emotional, spiritual, and social elements—to name a few. You may find it less overwhelming to break down the concept of “coping with grief” into a few manageable components:
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Learn How Mindfulness Can Help You In The 2nd Edition of Mindfulness & Grief, The Book That Has Helped Thousands Cope With Grief & Life After Loss...
“Heather Stang offers those who are grieving a wise and practical guide. The stories, teachings and meditations in this book will help you find your own inner strength and awakening heart in the midst of great loss.” TARA BRACH, Ph.D., Author of Radical Acceptance and True Refuge
“When we are more firmly grounded in our bodies, as Heather Stang demonstrates, we are better able literally and metaphorically to find a new footing in the world, and to restore a life of meaning and coherence.” ROBERT A, NEIMEYER, Ph.D., Director, Portland Institute for Loss & Transition and author of Techniques of Grief Therapy
Mindfulness & Grief: How To Cope With Life After Loss
Coping with grief may seem like an impossible task. Few words bring comfort, and there is no quick fix for a broken heart. In addition to overwhelming sadness, we often feel vulnerable, disoriented, and maybe even beaten down. You may feel like you have little energy to invest in coping with the pain of loss, and wonder how you would even go about this in the first place. This site is here to help.
To begin, there is no right or wrong way to cope with grief—as long as you are not causing yourself harm. It is a natural process that all of us experience in our own way. The 5 Stages of grief have long been disproved, and time is not what heals grief. It is, in fact, what you do with your time that matters. The mindfulness-based exercises for grief that you find on this site will help you make wise use of that time.
It does not matter if you are new to mindfulness - in fact many people discover mindfulness-based practices during difficult times. Mindfulness for grief is not about whitewashing your pain, or "getting over" your loss. It is about learning how to stay present, cultivate compassion, and make wise choices that will help you cope with this new normal known as life after loss.
About Heather Stang, MA, C-IAYT
Heather is the author of Mindfulness & Grief. She holds a Masters degree in Thanatology (Death, Dying, and Bereavement) from Hood College in Maryland, and is a certified Yoga Therapist. She has led mindfulness-based grief workshops for organizations such as the National Fallen Firefighters Association and Hospice of Frederick County, and is a member of the Association of Death Education and Counseling. Heather’s mission is to help people who are grieving to stay healthy and benefit from the transformative experience of grief, using mindfulness-based practices, relaxation, and expressive arts. She has an established practice offering Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy sessions, day-long retreats, and 8 Week Yoga for Grief groups. She is based in Maryland.