Transform Suffering to Hope: Coping With Grief In The Wake of Personal & Public Tragedy Keynote

90-Minute Keynote Presentation By Heather Stang

Transform Suffering to Hope Session Description: 

We don’t need to look at the FBI statistics to know that mass shootings and domestic terrorism are on the rise. Repetitive exposure to these traumatic events via television and social media can trigger psychological distress, especially when we feel there is nothing we can do to help. If left unexamined, the difficult emotions that arise in the wake of tragedy can negatively impact our health, our relationships, and our ability to serve and support our clients and colleagues. This is the bad news.

The good news is that if we skillfully turn toward our suffering, rather than suppress it, we can transform any difficult emotion into compassion, and compassion into inspired action that motivates us serve our clients, our community, and ourselves in a more whole-hearted and helpful way. We can even improve our health, and feel more connected to our loved ones, those we serve, and the world at large.

During this inspiring keynote, author Heather Stang will illustrate how mindfulness-based compassion practices can transform empathic distress into hope, connectivity, and action that is rooted in our shared human desire to be happy, safe and free from suffering. Through motivational stories, a look at evidence-based best practices, and a brief period of guided meditation, attendees will learn how to be the spark, and tend to global suffering with transformational loving-kindness and compassion.

Transform Suffering to Hope Session Objectives:

  • Discuss the physical, emotional and spiritual impact of public tragedy on our clients, our community and ourselves.
  • Explore how mindfulness-based compassion and self-compassion practices promote posttraumatic growth, resilience, immune functioning, and hope during difficult times.
  • Outline organizational, professional and personal best practices for coping with public tragedy.

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