This is the script for the speech I presented on behalf of Soul In Service for their thoughtful candlelight vigil in honor of International Overdose Awareness Day 2022 in Frederick, MD. I included the “stage direction” for the event for other people planning such a vigil. Good evening. It is heartwarming to see so many

International Overdose Awareness Day 2022 Frederick, MD – Candlelight Vigil Speech by Heather Stang

The At-Home New Year’s Eve Grief Retreat Schedule Is Below. Get The Full Playlist When You Join Awaken Online Grief Support. As the New Year’s Eve countdown ball drops, it may feel as though your grieving heart drops too. While many people welcome the clean slate of the New Year, those of us who lost a loved

New Year’s Eve Grief Meditation Retreat at Home

While most of the world is celebrating the start of a new year, those of us who are grieving may be feeling not so joyous. Instead of fighting the reality that things are different, let go a little, and allow yourself to do things a little differently from before.

Grief In The New Year: 5 Mindful Tips To Cope

There are many ways to receive grief support including online grief support groups and in-person grief support groups. You can also seek out individual grief counseling, and other grief therapies: yoga for grief, grief writing groups, meditation for grief, and spiritual or religious programs. While grief is a natural reaction to loss and in many instances

Is A Grief Support Group Right For You?

Self-care during grief can help you suffer less in mind, body, and spirit. Just doing one of these self-care practices can start the ball rolling, so don’t feel like you need to do all nine at once. The list is in no particular order, so scan through and pick one or two that feels “doable.”

9 Self-Care Tips For Grief: Reduce Your Suffering in Mind, Body & Spirit

When Faith Wilcox’s daughter Elizabeth began to complain about knee pain, her doctors thought it was just growing pains and she would be fine. As her pain continued, she was diagnosed with a rare bone cancer that affects pediatric patients.

#53 Hope Is a Bright Star: Finding Comfort & Peace After the Death of a Child with Author Faith Wilcox

During my career as an addiction professional, I worked with many individuals who had trouble forgiving what they perceived to be injustices done to them by their families, close friends, or peer groups. Frankly, there are certain actions that are impossible for others to forgive.  Being able to forgive is viewed as key to “letting

Forging a Path to Forgiveness

Beth Cavenaugh shares with us her personal experience as a nurse-turned-hospice worker at the request of her mom during her mom’s final stage of life. Beth talks about her love of her work with families and patients and what caregivers need to think about during such a difficult period of time.

#52 Some Light at the End: Your Bedside Guide for Peaceful Palliative & Hospice Care with Hospice Nurse Beth Cavenaugh

Until he met Patty Furino, bereaved father Dave Roberts didn’t believe that the signs he kept seeing were coming from his beloved daughter, Jeannine. But soon, everything changed. In this episode of the Mindfulness & Grief Podcast, Dave shares his journey of love and loss and how the signs from his daughter transformed from triggering waves of grief into joy, and how they remind Dave that Jeannine is still close.

#51 Signs from Beyond: A Father’s Journey Towards Peace with Dave Roberts & Patty Furino

In episode 50 of the Mindfulness & Grief Podcast, Reid Petersonshares his story of losing both father figures in his life and the grief that comes with living without those important people. Although he was not close to his biological father the way he hoped, Reid still grieves the relationship that he wished he had with him. After his loss, Reid found support through grief groups but wanted more consistent support. This led him to create a grief support app that offers daily audio messages for grief education.

#50 Fatherless Odyssey: Navigating Both Biological & Step-Father Loss with Reid Peterson

In episode 49, bereaved father Eric Hodgdon explores how he leads a life of intention in the wake of incredible pain over the death of his daughter, Zoi, who died by suicide. He shares his fond memories of a loving and fun girl who was a sweet, supportive peer to those who knew her. Family, friends, and patients who traveled their mental health path alongside her all remember Zoi as a very special person.

#49 A Sherpa Named Zoi: How to Walk Through Grief & Live With Intention with Eric Hodgdon

Ronald Mathias talks to us about his field of medical illustration: the art of taking complex medical procedures, descriptions, or concepts and turning them into something visual for ease of understanding. He spends most of his time translating traumatic injuries and building empathy for the pain someone has suffered into a visual medium for litigation.

#48 The Art of Visualizing Grief: Translating Pain Into Pictures with Ronald Mathias

The tables are turned as Heather Stang, the regular host of the Mindfulness & Grief Podcast, is interviewed by guest host Audrey Hughey about the new guided journal for grief, From Grief to Peace, which releases on June 1, 2021. Heather shares how she began journaling about her grief over her Uncle Doug’s death in high school

#47 From Grief to Peace: Guided Journaling For Mindfulness & Compassion

In episode 46, lifelong friends Shelley Buck and Kathy Curtis share their journey of childhood friendship, staying in touch through college, and the comfort that Kathy provided to Shelley following the devastating loss of her son, Ryder. Ryder was a talented musician and world traveler who continued to live his life to the fullest even after his Stage IV cancer diagnosis.

#46 Leave Your Light On: Friendships & Continuing Bonds After Loss with Shelley Buck and Kathy Curtis

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.

#45 Emily’s Hope: Coping With Grief & Erasing The Stigma Of Overdose Loss with Angela Kennecke