This course provided me with much more growth opportunity than I expected. I am living more fully, breathing more deeply, and I have a better awareness of myself. I am truly grateful.
Before this course I was having anxiety and depression. The weekly practice was powerful, but integrating my practice into my daily life was especially helpful. I am calmer now. Even when I focus on my grief, it doesn't seem as overwhelming.
If you are like most people coping with grief, this platitude makes you cringe. It is not even scientifically accurate. The research indicates that time only accounts for 1% of your healing - it is what you do with the time that matters.
Mindfulness meditation and journaling can help you use your time wisely. Mindfully attending to your loss is not about denying your pain. It is an opportunity to create the space in your heart and life to be present and nurture yourself no matter what arises.
The Benefits of The Mindfulness & Grief Group
The Mindfulness & Grief Group will help you reduce your grief related suffering - including physical, emotional, and spiritual distress. In fact, mindfulness-based practices can help you emerge on the other
side of loss with a new appreciation for life, stronger spiritual
insight, and a deeper connection to yourself and others. This is known
This online course includes:
A New Theme Each Week
When you enroll you will have access to the first week's lesson, and a new one will roll out each week thereafter. They are evergreen, and accessible by you for years to come!
Work through each module at your own pace. You will receive helpful videos, guided meditations, journaling prompts and more. You will also be able to use the comments section to share how the Mindfulness & Grief Group is supporting you on the journey!
This is Life Changing WorkYou will learn how to apply meditation, mindful movement and journaling techniques to manage the changes you are experiencing in your life and in your body since the loss of your loved one. You do not need any previous meditation, yoga, or writing experience to benefit from this program.Most participants of the in-person class report feeling a release of physical tension either
during or just after the very first relaxation exercise. By the end of the program, the majority of participants feel they are not only more able to cope with grief-related stress and anxiety, but they are better equipped to cope with life in general.
Contact Heather here, or call 240-397-8080.
This class helped me center my mind/attention on myself as I work to rediscover who I am now.
Heather is the author of Mindfulness & Grief, and a contributor to Techniques of Grief Therapy: Assessment & Intervention, edited by the esteemed grief therapist Dr. Bob Neimeyer. Heather is on the board of advisors for T*A*P*S (Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors of Military Loss), and contributes to T*A*P*S Magazine.
Heather holds a Master's Degree in Thanatology, which is the study of
Death, Dying, and Bereavement, from Hood College. She is an
IAYT Certified Yoga Therapist,
and holds three certificates from the Phoenix Rising Yoga School of
Yoga Therapy, in yoga therapy, therapeutic yoga teacher training, and
group facilitation. She is also registered through Yoga Alliance as a
Registered Yoga Teacher-200 hours.
Heather discovered yoga and mindfulness while she was the CEO of a web development company and diagnosed with a stress-related illness. These contemplative practices inspired her to live a life in service to others, and she became a suicide/crisis hotline call specialist in honor of her uncle who died by suicide when Heather was a child. Heather has led workshops for organizations including Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS), National Fallen Firefighter’s Foundation, National Hospice & Palliative Care Organization, and the Association of Death Education and Counseling.
I really liked the peaceful structure that put a framework around my grief experience. I felt free to explore my grief experience in my body and mind.
A Letter From
Grief is a natural reaction to losing someone you love; a deep pain that none of us are inoculated against.More than likely you are reading this because you are suffering, and are in need of support.
You may have conflicting feelings about taking this step. There may be a part of you that is ready to begin to relinquish the pain of your loss, while another part may fear that this work is too painful, requires energy you don’t have, or that you will be asked to “get over” or “forget” the person you are missing. It is important to know that receiving support does not mean that you will be asked to let go of the memory of the person that you cared for, deny that you are in pain, or that your grief is unhealthy.
I know that this is not a journey that you have chosen to embark upon, and I trust that you will join this program only when you are ready to let go of the suffering and reengage with life after loss.
You may feel like relief is 10,000 miles away, and you are traveling on foot. My mission is to help you take the first step on the path by providing you with emotional, physical and spiritual support.
There are many ways that this program will help. You will experience a relief of physical symptoms through conscious relaxation. Your body is undergoing extreme stress, and mindfulness-based practices will help your body move back towards health and homeostasis. Many people report physical relief after the first exercise!
You will be able to calm your mind as well. Seem impossible? Time tested meditation techniques can help you focus and even regulate your emotions.
And you will develop self-compassion: the ability to recognize that this human experience is fraught with ups and downs, but you too deserve to be happy, and safe, and free from suffering.
Finally, you will connect with your own inner wisdom surrounding your loss, rather that conform to a set of “shoulds” or follow an imaginary “grief timeline.” Ultimately you will finish this course with countless tools to help you not only cope with grief, but reconnect with yourself and live fully once again.
I wish you well on your path to healing.
With Lovingkindness & Gratitude,
This course reminded me of how powerful the breath can be in experiencing the here & now, and letting go of what we cannot change.... the past. It helped me get out of my head and back into my body. It helped me improve my awareness of deeply held beliefs that I could benefit from examining. It is a step towards healing my grief.