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Mindfulness & Yoga Based Interventions for Grief. This fall the Chesapeake Life Center is introducing a day-long event entitled “Grief in the 21st Century”. Dr. Katherine Shear will be the keynote speaker, speaking on the topic of complicated grief. The Chesapeake Life Center is a service of Hospice of the Chesapeake in Anne Arundel and Prince Georges Counties, Maryland, and provides grief and trauma support and education to children, adults, families and members of the community.
Heather will review evidence based literature and offer case examples to illustrate how mindfulness and yoga can be applied as a grief intervention for acute symptoms including anxiety, depression, insomnia and somatic disturbances. Best practices for developing partnerships with yoga and mindfulness teachers in your community will also be explored.
Heather will be a featured guest on Gerontologist Holley Kelley’s radio show, Aging GreatFULLy. Heather and Holley will discuss mindfulness, aging, and more. You can tune in LIVE on Friday, September 2nd, 2016. The air times are 11 a.m. PT / noon MT / 1 p.m. CT / 2 p.m. ET.
Vision Board Workshop for Life After Loss. The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation will hold its first retreat for young adults, ages 18-24, whose firefighter parent died in the line of duty. This weekend retreat runs from June 17-18, 2016, and will enable those who have jobs or are in college to attend. Sessions are focused on grief and on building life skills. Heather Stang will present a Vision Board workshop on Saturday, June 18th from 1:00 – 4:00 pm. Preregistration is required.
Heather Stang will be representing Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy at their exhibit during the 2016 SYTAR Conference in Reston, VA. Heather will be available to answer your questions about the Yoga Therapy Training Program from 5:15 pm to 9:30 pm on Thursday, June 9th, and offering 15 minute PRYT “Mini Sessions” on Friday, June 10th from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm.
IAYT supports research and education in yoga and serves as a professional organization for yoga teachers and yoga therapists worldwide. Our mission is to establish yoga as a recognized and respected therapy.
Heather Stang will present three workshops at the 2016 TAPS National Military Survivor Seminar in Arlington, Va., this Memorial Day weekend. Nearly 2,500 surviving family members of America’s fallen military are expected to attend the seminar. Heather’s offerings include:
- Friday: Relaxation & Compassion Meditation for Grief
- Saturday: Drawing Your Grief-scape
- Sunday: Who Am I Now? Meditation & Journaling for Posttraumatic Growth
The Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) is the is the national organization providing compassionate care for the families of America’s fallen military heroes and has offered support to more than 55,000 surviving family members of our fallen military and their caregivers since 1994. TAPS provides peer-based emotional support, grief and trauma resources, healing seminars and retreats for adults, camps for children, casework assistance, connections to community-based care, online and in-person support groups and the 24/7 National Military Survivor Helpline at 800.959.TAPS (8277) available for all who have been affected by a death in the Armed Forces. Services are provided free of charge. For more information go to www.taps.org or call TAPS at 202.588.TAPS (8277).
Vision Board Workshop for Life After Loss. The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF) is pleased to announce a new event this year, a Wellness Conference for Survivors. This conference will be held May 13-14, 2016, in Portland, Oregon. The theme for the conference is “Setting a Course for the Road Ahead.” Heather Stang will present a Vision Board Workshop on Saturday, May 14th at 1:00 – 4:00 pm. Preregistration is required.
Mindfulness & Leadership Excellence. Heather Stang will present a three hour pre-conference session at the National Hospice & Palliative Care Organization’s 31st Management and Leadership Conference. Attendance requires conference registration.
Mindfulness & Grief: Coping With Life After Loss at ADEC 2016. Heather Stang will present a one hour session at the Association for Death Education and Counseling 2016 Annual Conference. Attendance requires conference registration. This session will also be webcast, so attendees do not need to be physically present, but may attend virtually.
Description: Facing the reality that a loved one has died is overwhelming, yet bereaved people also have to cope with physical, emotional, cognitive and spiritual suffering. Mindfulness-based techniques – including meditation and yoga – can help bereaved clients reduce unpleasant side effects while learning powerful coping skills. During this session I will use case examples and practical instruction to explain how mindfulness can be applied as a grief intervention. From clients in an acute period of grief to people further along on their journey, the ancient practice of mindfulness allows bereaved people to experience grief without becoming grief itself.
Free Event for Dementia Caregivers in Maryland. The Relaxation Response is the physiological exact opposite of the stress response known as “fight or flight.” It is characterized by decreased metabolism, heart rate, blood pressure, and rate of breathing, as well as a calm mind, increased focus and ability to make decisions, and changes in gene activity opposite of those associated with stress. Thousands of peer-reviewed studies show it can help reduce anxiety, hypertension, mild to moderate depression, and insomnia, and many more stress related complaints. Includes a light supper. RSVP by calling (301) 493-7881 or e-mailing Kensington@arden-courts.com.
Mindfulness & Grief 8 Week Group. Based on her widely acclaimed book, Heather Stang will lead an 8 week group open to people who are providing end-of-life caregiving as well as those who have experienced the death of a loved one. The group will meet 8 consecutive Saturdays. More information and registration options can be found on the Frederick Meditation Center’s web site.