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Virtual: Mindful Grieving
Tuesday, February 8, 2022 @ 9:30 am - 11:00 am CST
An event every week that begins at 9:30 am on Tuesday, repeating until Tuesday, March 8, 2022
What to Expect—
In this program you will learn how mindfulness-based techniques can:
• Ease the physical symptoms of grief
• Calm your mind and help you regulate difficult emotions
• Improve your awareness of the present moment
• Increase your compassion towards yourself and others
• Help you to make meaning from your loss
• Develop your new self-narrative for moving forward
Exercises each week may include:
• Mindfulness mediations to teach you how to approach each moment with awareness and compassion
• Guided relaxations to help your body benefit from the relaxation response
• Mindful journaling to help you express your feelings with compassion and without judgment
Please plan to attend in a space that is private to ensure group confidentiality. The best place for attending the sessions would be at home or in a space where you feel comfortable, with minimal distractions to practice mindfulness and engage in mediation. It is recommended to have paper and pen readily available for weekly journaling and reflection.
Week 1 Mindful Awareness: How to Find Refuge in the Present Moment
Discover how your breath and body can be your safe haven when you are feeling overwhelmed or unsteadied by your grief.
Week 2 Conscious Relaxation: How to Care for Your Grieving Body
Learn relaxation techniques that help release tension and steady your mind after a loved one has died.
Week 3 Compassion and Forgiveness: Attending to Grief with Loving-Kindness
Instructor will guide you through meditative practices that will open your heart and engage the healing power of loving-kindness towards yourself and others.
Week 4 Skillful Courage: The Dance of Strength and Vulnerability
Learn techniques for how to cope with the roller-coaster of grief as you move up and down between despair and hope.
Week 5 Getting Unstuck: Tending to the Five Mental Hindrances
Learn how to meet resistance with curiosity and transform barriers into opportunities for personal growth and awakening.
Week 6 Meaning Reconstruction: Learning to Live After Loss
Participants will better understand how meaning-making and living purposefully will help you honor your loved one’s legacy while continuing your own life’s journey.
Week 7 Allowing Transformation: Who Am I Now?
Learn to re-write your post-loss narrative and tap into the power of meaning-making despite uncertainty and change.
Week 8 Perpetual Mindfulness: Practicing Beyond Your Grief
Develop a relationship with your mindfulness practice so that you can live your life with peace and transcend common “practice pitfalls”.
Attendance to all sessions is highly recommended. Session dates: January 18, 25, February 1, 8, 15, 22, March 1 and 8. Limit of 10 registrants.
Derived from Mindfulness & Grief by Heather Stang
Presented by Michelle Mattero, MA, LPC, Clinical Associate
*Registration closes at 8 pm on January 17th.
*Program opens for log-in 10 minutes prior to the start time.
*An email with log-in instructions will be sent the evening before the program.