This is a mindful meditation support group I started one year after my husband died. His sudden death occurred two weeks after our 25th wedding anniversary and that moment changed my life. I decided I wanted to help others navigate the grief and transformation associated with the loss of a significant other by sharing my practice of mindfulness meditation and adult professional learning. I find solace in this work, knowing I am not alone.
Grief Support is a safe, non-professional fellowship and learning space for healing and renewal. It is designed to meet the needs of individuals who are dealing with the loss of a loved one. It is open to all those who are grieving — by death or divorce. While the grief associated with death and divorce are unique, both experiences catapult us into a period of suffering and loneliness. We find ourselves lost and forced to let go of a familiar identity. We are charged with picking up the pieces, letting things go and creating space for a new life. I call this difficult “in-between” stage a dark night of the soul or Bardō.
I’ve learned that when we open up to others who have grief in common and make a daily commitment to a mindful meditation practice, we can transform our suffering and loss into a deeper awareness of love.
Spring Session: April 3 – May 15 (REGISTRATION CLOSED)
*If you would like more information on holistic grief support, please feel free to contact me.
- Relieve suffering and loneliness
- Raise self-awareness
- Reduce stress and anxiety
- Build/renew trust
- Explore new habits and routines
Facilitators: Raquel Ríos and John Arnold
- Small, inclusive, On-line using Zoom
- Accountability Partnerships
- Interactive, creative activities
- Assignments for Extended learning
- Convenient Saturdays, 2 hours, 11:00am EST-1:00pm EST
- Dates: April 3, 10, 17, 24 and May 1, 8, 15
- Affordable, only $25 a session
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I am very grateful to have found this space and for the care with which you assembled our tasks and activities. It allowed me a place to talk about the anguish part of existence, rather than tucking it away and tending to the activities of daily living. I have been left with much to reflect on, new practices and strategies to incorporate.” (Leah, Age 64)
It was a wonderful learning and support experience. The group helped me process my grief and to access and understand my grief in new ways.” (Rebecca, Age 62)
Being part of a group which Raquel expertly and sensitively facilitated was so valuable in helping me see through my grief and losses in such a way that increased my capacity to exercise self-care, kindness and self-compassion, whilst as the same time respecting the suffering I was in.” (Greg, Age 60)
|Week 1: Orientation||Participants learn about the benefits of mindfulness meditation, establish accountability partnerships and share stories |
April 3, 2021
|Week 2: Listening to Your Body||Participants explore how to tune into the language of the body leading to greater self-awareness |
April 10, 2021
|Week 3: Releasing Emotions||Participants explore and release emotions creatively as a way to reduce stress and anxiety |
April 17, 2021
|Week 4: Communication||Participants practice mindful communication techniques that can help build/renew trust |
April 24, 2021
|Week 5: Love and Affection||Participants explore notions of love and affection and identify changing attitudes and perceptions |
May 1, 2021
|Week 6: Ritual and Routines||Participants examine personal routines and consider healthy habits and rituals |
May 8, 2021
|Week 7: Envisioning||Participants work together to imagine alternative futures and set the stage for renewal |
May 15, 2021
*If you would like to be contacted for holistic grief support, please feel free to contact me.