Relaxation practices also use an element of focus and elicit the relaxation response. At the same time, a relaxation practice invites you to consciously choose to relax any areas of tension in your body, to whatever extent you are able. Symptoms of grief include physical tension and pain, and we often feel we don’t have control over either of these. These practices will help. Rather than commanding your body to relax, imagine that you are sending it a friendly invitation to let go!