In episode 45, Angela Kennecke shares with us her story of losing her beautiful 21-year-old daughter, Emily, to overdose. Angela and her family were just a normal family. Emily was a gifted student and cheerleader. But Emily was struggling with one of the most common problems in America — addiction. Her sudden and unexpected death changed the lives of her family forever.
FREE GUIDE TO COPE WITH GRIEF & LOSS
The Mindful Grief Resource To Help You Cope With Loss & Start Living Again
Our mission is to support people who are bereaved with compassion, wisdom, and practical tools that are grounded in contemporary grief research, inspired by mindfulness-based practices, and in honor of our own stories of love and loss. Here is what you will find at the Mindfulness & Grief Institute:
Guided Meditations For Grief & Loss
Meditation is like exercise, there is more than one type and you have to do it to reap the benefits! Learn how meditation can help and try out our guided practices.
Mindfulness-based Grief Tips & Articles
Written by authors who have walked their own path of grief, our blog offers a variety of perspectives on coping with grief and reengaging with life after loss.
Mindfulness & Grief Speakers Bureau
Our founder Heather Stang is a seasoned public speaker with 15 years of experience in keynote and professional development both online, in groups, and on the podium.
The Mindfulness & Grief Podcast
Conversations and insights from the most respected grief professionals and mindfulness teachers hosted by Heather Stang and available wherever you get your podcasts.
Awaken Grief Support Membership
Emerge from the fog of grief and start living again with weekly meditation for grief classes and 24/7 access to the Mindfulness & Grief Course Library. All for a low monthly price.
Mindfulness & Grief Books
Filled with inspirational stories, guided meditations and journaling prompts to help you approach your grief with compassion and hope. Download a sample chapter using the button below.
FREE GUIDE TO COPE WITH GRIEF & LOSS
about the founder
Inspired by my own journey of love, loss, & posttraumatic growth.
When I was just 7 years old my mother took me out of school and told me that my uncle had died by suicide. That moment was not only heartbreaking, but was the start of a grief journey that would include many losses coupled with a desire to help others navigate the mine field of grief.
our grief philosophy
The Mindfulness & Grief System
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 are not what pop culture makes them out to be. Dr. Kubler-Ross addressed that herself in the introduction to her seminal book.
Time is not what heals grief either. It is what you do with your time that matters.
Rooted in the ancient practices of mindfulness and meditation and blended with modern grief research and best practices, The Mindfulness & Grief System offers a step-by-step approach to grief, with plenty of built in space for you to grieve YOUR way.
From coping with the initial blow to making meaning and building resilience for all of life's losses, these 8 modules can be your lamp in the darkness, and invite you to spend your time wisely as you engage in your grief-work.
What They Are Saying About Heather Stang and Mindfulness & Grief...
Heather Stang offers those who are grieving a wise and practical guide.... [Mindfulness & Grief] will help you find your own inner strength and awakening heart in the midst of great loss.
Tara Brach, Ph.D.
Author, Radical Acceptance
Insight community of washington
Heather is a seasoned professional whose commitment and passion shines through her work and her presentations.... Heather infuses compassion and care into her work and those who participate reap the benefits!
Barbara L. Bouton, MA, FT
vice president (emeritus)
National Hospice & Palliative Care Association
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.
Portland Institute For Loss & Transition
[Heather's] work is thoughtful, focused and well researched. I trust her to work with our donor families because of her compassion and openness about her own grief journey. She knows what she’s talking about, but more importantly she helps you find what works best for you.
Yie Yin Foong, LMSW-SWI
Family Services outreach coordinator
Liveonny organ donation
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