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Association of Death Education & Counseling 40th Annual Conference

April 25 - April 28


Mindfulness & Grief: Reengaging With Life After Loss

Concurrent session offered Thursday, April 26 from 2:00 – 3:00 pm in room Butler E & W

In this session, I will use case studies to illustrate how the practice of mindfulness-based techniques, such as meditation, yoga and guided journaling prompts help bereaved people steady their mind, relax
their body, and reengage with life after loss – a daunting task for many. Mindfulness is the practice of paying attention to the present moment with an attitude of equanimity. It cultivates the ability to stay calm even in the midst of pain.

Rather than running away from the pain of grief or obsessing over it, the mindfulness practitioner is taught to take refuge in the experience of the present moment using the six senses: sight, sound, smell, taste, touch and awareness. This steadies the mind, and clears the way for insights that contribute to meaning making, posttraumatic growth and transformation. It has been proven to reverse the harmful effects of stress and even  reduce physical pain.

I will offer case studies from the online and in person Meditation for Grief Groups that I facilitate, and illustrate how formal and informal mindfulness-based practices may help bereaved people change self-defeating physical and mental habits, cultivate compassion and forgiveness for the self and others, offer skillful means to cope with the dual process of grief, receive insight into their natural wisdom and  resilience, continue the legacy of their loved one, improve physical health and increase self-efficacy. Workshop attendees will be exposed to research detailing mindfulness-based interventions for physical and emotional symptoms related to bereavement, and learn to concept of skillful means – using the right mindfulness-based tools at the right time.

Learning Objectives

  1. Explain how mindfulness practices, including present moment awareness and compassion, can be used to relieve physical and emotional suffering.
  2. Outline specific meditation, yoga, and guided journaling techniques that enhance the ability to connect with the body’s wisdom.
  3. Review case studies that illustrate how the practice of mindfulness meditation and yoga contributes to meaning making and posttraumatic growth.


Westin Convention Center Pittsburgh
1000 Penn Avenue
Pittsburgh, MD 15222 United States
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