Grief Articles

Achieve Awareness

                        The most important thing is that you stay safe. The goal is not to achieve perfection but to achieve awareness. From Mindfulness & Grief, Page 82

Check Your Breathing

                        If you find you cannot breathe easily during certain exercises, back off from the stretch until you can breathe without effort. From Mindfulness & Grief, Page 82

Your Breath, Your Edge, The Present Moment

                      Stay connected to each inhalation and exhalation, and remember that your breath is an indicator of how you are relating to your edge in the present moment. From Mindfulness & Grief, Page 82

Deepen Your Connection

                      Seated and walking meditation, mindful movement, mindful eating, journaling, and expressive arts will help you to be still and present, and to deepen your connection to yourself and the world around you. From Mindfulness & Grief, Page 78

Loving-kindness Prayer

                      There are many versions of the loving-kindness prayer; you may use the one below or make one up that works for you:  May I be happy. May I know peace. May I be free from suffering. From Mindfulness & Grief, Page 63  

Focus on Now

                        The step you are taking right now is the focus; don’t think about the last step or worry about the step you are about to take. From Mindfulness & Grief, Page 74

Find Your Vulnerability

                        Place your warm hands on your heart and belly, or anywhere else you sense your vulnerability, and speak these words: “I see you. I honor you. I love you.” From Mindfulness & Grief, Page 70

Life After Loss

                        Loss-oriented processes include those activities, feelings, and behavior associated with the loss itself. Restoration-oriented processes occur as we reposition ourselves in the landscape of life after loss. From Mindfulness & Grief, Page 70

Dual Process Model for Grief

                        Margaret Stroebe and Henk Schut of Utrecht University in the Netherlands developed the Dual Process Model (DPM) of coping with bereavement (1999.) It is not a prescription for how to grieve but rather an observation of how we adapt to loss. The DPM Read More

Informal Metta Practice

                        You can practice metta while seated or while walking mindfully. It can also be practiced informally as you pass people on the street or sit in traffic. From Mindfulness & Grief, Page