ADEC 2016: Heather Stang To Present Mindfulness & Grief – Coping Skills For Life After Loss

By Heather Stang, MA, C-IAYT

Posted: March 3, 2016

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Heather Stang will present for the third year in a row at the Association of Death Education and Counseling Annul Conference, held in Minneapolis, MN. This year, the theme of her talk will explore mindfulness-based techniques to develop and improve coping skills throughout the grief process.

She will also begin a three year term as the Networking & Communications Committee Chair for the association.

This will be the second year Heather’s talk is offered as a webcast. In 2015, she presented Mindfulness and Grief: Techniques For Post-traumatic Growth, which can be purchased directly from ADEC.

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Mindfulness & Grief: Coping Skills For Life After Loss with Heather Stang

Thursday, April 14
Concurrent Sessions III: 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m
Hilton Minneapolis, Minneapolis, MN USA

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.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Define mindfulness and summarize the research that illustrates how mindfulness can help reduce physical, emotional, cognitive and spiritual suffering.
  2. Describe how the principles of mindfulness can be applied to bereavement through case examples from private and group sessions.
  3. Explain how grief professionals can partner with yoga and meditation professionals to create bereavement support programs in their community.

Heather Stang, MA, C-IAYT

About the author

Heather Stang, M.A. is the author of Living with Grief and the guided journal, From Grief To Peace. She is the creator of the Mindfulness & Grief System that is featured in the Handbook of Grief Therapies (2023) and is the founder of Awaken, a mindfulness-based online grief support group. Heather also hosts the Mindfulness & Grief Podcast, and offers mindfulness-based grief support online through her organization, the Mindfulness & Grief Institute. She holds a Masters degree in Thanatology (Death, Dying, and Bereavement) from Hood College in Maryland, and is a certified Yoga Therapist. She currently lives in Falling Waters, WV.

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