The holidays are stressful enough when you are not grieving. If you have experienced a major loss, this holiday season will be different than the last, and whether you share your grief openly, or keep things to yourself, managing your internal and external struggles will be less challenging once you master a few basic coping skills and plan how you want to approach the holidays.
This Meditation for Grief During the Holidays mini-course will offer you the tools you need to manage the manage the painful and mixed feelings that accompany grief, help you maintain your physical health, and explore how you can use difficult times to become your own best friend.
Heather is the author of Mindfulness & Grief, and a contributor to Techniques of Grief Therapy: Assessment & Intervention, edited by the esteemed grief therapist Dr. Bob Neimeyer. Heather is on the board of advisors for T*A*P*S (Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors of Military Loss), and contributes to T*A*P*S Magazine.
Heather holds a Master's Degree in Thanatology, which is the study of
Death, Dying, and Bereavement, from Hood College. She is an
IAYT Certified Yoga Therapist,
and holds three certificates from the Phoenix Rising Yoga School of
Yoga Therapy, in yoga therapy, therapeutic yoga teacher training, and
group facilitation. She is also registered through Yoga Alliance as a
Registered Yoga Teacher-200 hours.
Heather discovered yoga and mindfulness while she was the CEO of a web development company and diagnosed with a stress-related illness. These contemplative practices inspired her to live a life in service to others, and she became a suicide/crisis hotline call specialist in honor of her uncle who died by suicide when Heather was a child. Heather has led workshops for organizations including Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS), National Fallen Firefighter’s Foundation, National Hospice & Palliative Care Organization, and the Association of Death Education and Counseling.
She is the founder of the Frederick Meditation Center in Maryland, where she has a private practice, and offers supportive articles and guided meditations at MindfulnessAndGrief.com.