Heather Stang, MA, C-IAYT is the author of Mindfulness & Grief, rereleased in its second edition in 2018. She has a Master’s Degree in Thanatology (death, dying and bereavement) and is a certified yoga therapist and meditation instructor. Her own journey of love, loss and posttraumatic growth fuels her passion for teaching bereaved families and grief professionals how to use mindfulness-based techniques to cope with grief, cultivate resilience, and prevent burnout.
She is on the Advisory Board for the highly regarded military family survivor organization Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS), and has appeared on the award winning television show about grief, Open to Hope, and is a faculty member of the Portland Institute of Loss & Transition, founded by Dr. Robert A. Neimeyer. She is the host of the Mindfulness & Grief Podcast, founder of the Frederick Meditation Center in Maryland, and volunteers with the Hospice of Washington County and the Hospice of Frederick County.
Heather is available to speak on grief, resilience and mindfulness at your conference or event. She travels out of Baltimore, MD, and presents inspiring and informative sessions to:
- Healthcare, Hospice & Palliative Care Professionals
- Grief & Bereavement Organizations
- Social Workers & Therapists
- First Responders
- Yoga & Meditation Professionals
- Teachers & Other Educators
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Some Of Heather's Favorite Speaking Topics:
Below are a few samples from Heather's portfolio. All keynote and workshop presentations can be created for and custom-tailored to your specific audience, intention, and timeframe.
Mindfulness & Grief: Transforming Your Life After Loss. Explore how the 8 steps of the Mindfulness & Grief System transforms the heartache and pain of loss into a life of meaning and posttraumatic growth.
Self-Compassion as Self-Care. Learn the three steps you can take to become your own best friend and tend to suffering in the wake of loss.
Managing Personal Loss in a Professional World. Explore how self-compassion can help you manage difficult emotions, reduce suffering, and exemplify self-care for both clients and colleagues alike.
Mindfulness In The Trenches. Mindfulness can be your superpower and build resilience even when you work in a fast-paced, high-stakes environment.
Mindfulness & Leadership Excellence. Mindfulness on and off the job can boost your leadership skills as well as your overall life satisfaction in just minutes a day.
The Mindful Hospice. Learn how a mindful hospice team can impact the well-being of patients and their family caregivers as well as the staff that devotes a great deal of time and energy caring for them.
Grief 101. In a world where myths and misconceptions around grief can cause real harm, this survey explores evidence-based "best practices" for professionals and laypersons working with a grieving population.
Self-Care for the Family Caregiver. When we are caring for someone with dementia, addiction or mental health needs, our health is rarely placed first. Learn simple techniques and one big attitude shift that can help you respond compassionately to your own suffering.
Coping With Grief During The Holidays. The happiest time of year is anything but when your heart has been shattered by a loss. Learn how to be gentle with yourself, navigate difficult relationships, survive the social obligations, all while remembering your relationship and values.
My goal is to leave the audience with a burning desire to live more fully, more mindfully. I always try to meet them where they are, and give them practical tools to take the next step fully.
Heather Stang- author & speaker
National & Regional Clients
Heather travels from the Baltimore/Washington DC region and lives in Maryland. To discuss how Heather can help you create a memorable conference, workshop or seminar, connect with Heather or call 240-446-3030 today!
Heather is a seasoned professional whose commitment and passion shines through her work and her presentations. Her half-day preconference seminar [at the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization’s 2016 Management and Leadership Conference] was well attended and participants rated the session highly. It was so successful that we invited Heather to present at NHPCO’s Intensives (fall, 2016) and lead morning “self-care” meditation sessions for participants. Heather infuses compassion and care into her work and those who participate reap the benefits!
BARBARA L. BOUTON, MA, FT
Vice President, Professional Development
National Hospice & Palliative Care Organization
I would say that ‘mindfulness’ is a gift you will unpack the rest of your life. Too often we humans are just reacting to things one after another. If you want to get off the treadmill, then Heather Stang is the ideal person to guide you. Her 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
I thought it was amazing that in a medium sized room with over 100 people you demonstrated that we could follow your voice and relax. I would say [to others that] Heather Stang is a very knowledgeable person and she can help you learn about mindful meditation. She knows about grief, stress, relaxation and more. Heather helped over 120 people by speaking at the Western Maryland Dementia Conference; if you have a chance to work with her, I think maybe she can help you too!
SUSAN DWYER, LCSW-C
Alzheimer's Association, Greater Maryland
We were looking for an engaging speaker who could connect well with our donor families, and create a safe and comfortable place for them to learn about meditation for grief and share their experiences. My favorite part of “Meditation for Grief” was the compassion meditation. I felt it really resonated with our donor families and was something that they could incorporate into their daily lives. I also enjoyed the beginning of the workshop where she engaged the donor families and had them share a little bit about themselves and their loved ones. Heather is warm, compassionate, and engaging. She is a great teacher and makes meditation seem attainable and realistic.
KAYLA SMITH, LMSW
Donor Family Services Coordinator
LiveOnNY Organ Donation
I just reviewed the feedback from the event and all said that the seminar “The Relaxation Response for Dementia Caregivers” was excellent. From my point of view, the program was a gift to people who are stressed by caregiving. What I found amazing was that there was a roomful of 25 people and for 25 minutes there was not one sound but your soothing voice. Who among us takes the time to be quiet and rest? Thank you Heather.
Arden Courts of Kensington
Heather’s approach was exactly the right balance for our group. She provided historical context for mindfulness practice, then led us through a number of hands-on exercises. The large audience was a blend of novices & current mindfulness practitioners. They were all equally engaged throughout her talk. We’re already planning our next training with Heather!
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