Mindfulness & Grief by Heather Stang
With guided meditations to calm your mind and restore your spirit
About the Book
Coping with grief and loss is one of life's greatest challenges, and it can be hard to know how to reduce the suffering it brings. Mindfulness & Grief is your self-care toolkit, designed to help you cope with everything from sleepless nights to anxiety-filled days, while boosting your body's natural resilience against stress through grief and beyond.
Combining inspirational stories of hope and healing with contemporary grief research, evidence-based meditation techniques, and the knowledge that each of us grieves in our own way, Mindfulness & Grief has helped thousands of people worldwide navigate the disorienting path of loss.
Based on the 8-week program developed by thanatologist and meditation teacher Heather Stang, there are over 35 meditation, yoga, journaling, and expressive arts exercises. They are designed to help you ease your physical symptoms of grief, calm your mind, and regulate difficult emotions. You will discover how to increase compassion toward yourself and others, make meaning from your loss and honor your loved one, and develop our new self-narrative for moving forward. The program is accessible to anyone - regardless of physical ability - and does not require any previous meditation or yoga experience.
Whether you are brand new to meditation or have been practicing for decades, Mindfulness & Grief will give you the coping skills you need for the short term, and help you cultivate a life of wellness and meaning, even in the wake of loss.
On the Back of the Book
A Mindful Guide to Coping with Loss
Grief is a natural reaction to loss and the mourning process can be a difficult and stressful experience. It can leave you feeling emotionally, mentally, and physically exhausted. The ancient Buddhist practice of mindfulness can help you to navigate the path of grief and cope with loss.
Heather Stang suggests mindfulness-based meditations and practices that will allow you to tap into your natural resilience, which in turn will help you to learn and grow through your grief journey. Mindfulness enables us to live in the present moment and to examine what we are truly feeling in the here and now. When applied to the grieving process, mindfulness reminds us that our pain is impermanent. By simply observing our grief as it exists in the present moment, we let go of the need to avoid our pain or obsess over our loss, and we can rediscover peace and self-compassion.
Mindfulness & Grief has an easy-to-follow structure, with each chapter focusing on a different aspect of the grief experience, accompanied by meditations and exercises. By learning to grieve mindfully, you will be able to reduce your suffering, cope with intense emotions, and rebuild your mind, body, and spirit.
Total Pages: 144 (Paperback)
About the Author
Heather Stang holds a master's degree in thanatology (death, dying and bereavement) from Hood College in Maryland, USA, and is a certified Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapist. Heather's passion for teaching meditation for grief is rooted in her own story of love, loss, and post-traumatic growth. She partners with highly regarded survivor - and grief - professional organizations, including the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization, Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS), National Fallen Firefighers Foundation, and Association of Death Educators and Counselors, as well as regional hospice and palliative care providers. Heather facilitates mindfulness and grief programs online and at the Frederick Meditation Center. She lives in Maryland.
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