When I was just 7 years old, my uncle died by suicide. Fast forward to my last semester of my thanatology program, and my step-father died unexpectedly just before I delivered his post-surgery medication. I have experienced being a grieving child and a grieving adult child. The most important tool I have discovered on my own grief journey is self-compassion, and I share my thoughts on the subject with host Jana DeCristofaro, L.C.S.W. in episode 54 of the Dougy Center’s Podcast, now called Grief Out Loud.
Heather Stang, thanatologist, mindfulness speaker, and author of Mindfulness & Grief: With Guided Meditations To Calm Your Mind & Restore Your Spirit, joins us in this episode to talk about cultivating self-compassion as a powerful avenue for self-care while grieving. She shares an accessible technique that you can use anywhere to get connected to your emotional and physical needs and bring ease and understanding to the some of the most painful aspects of grief.