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Video: Compassion Meditation


Video: Compassion Meditation for Meaning Making and Posttraumatic Growth TAPS This webinar was recorded by the TAPS Institute for Hope and Healing®  and presented by with Heather Stang, MA, C-IATY. This video recording of the webinar addresses how compassion meditation can empower you to become your own best friend and advocate, while deepening your connection to those around you, leading to meaning making and posttraumatic growth. Select image below to play the video. Webinar Slides Comp

Video: Relaxation Meditation


Video: Relaxation Meditation to ease the Anxiety, Stress and Tension of Grief TAPS This webinar was recorded by the TAPS Institute for Hope and Healing®  and presented by Heather Stang, MA, C-IATY.  This video recording of the webinar addresses how to care for your grieving body using evidence-based, easy-to-do meditation practices designed to reverse the harmful effects of grief and stress. Select image below to play the video. Webinar Slides Relaxation Meditation Slides (PDF) This webi

Video: Meditation for Coping with Difficult Emotions


Video: Meditation for Coping with Difficult Emotions TAPS This webinar was recorded by the TAPS Institute for Hope and Healing®  and presented by with Heather Stang, MA, C-IATY. This video recording of the webinar discusses how the physical sensation of emotion can be your ally during tough times and even provide you with inner wisdom and insight. This technique can be applied during a regular meditation practice, or on-the-spot in real life situations when you feel overwhelmed. Select image b

Just Breathe


Just Breathe Lalaine Estella Take a moment to catch your breath. Notice your tummy rise and fall as you breathe naturally. Now take a slow, deep breath in, and pause. Exhale very slowly, taking a few seconds longer than it did to inhale.  Repeat several times.  Congratulations, you’ve just begun a meditation practice that focuses on breathing. For those not used to meditation, keeping quiet and tuning out everything to focus on breathing can be a bit daunting. Sitting in stillness to focus

5 Ways for the Bereaved to be Mindful


5 Ways for the Bereaved to be Mindful Heather Stang The beginner classes at my meditation center fill up with people wanting to make a lifestyle change. They show up ready to ease anxiety, reduce stress, improve their health or to find a way to cope with grief. Research proves that mindfulness can help with any stress-related complaint. I get to witness first-hand how training your mind on the present moment with a calm, relaxed and compassionate attitude creates a sense of well-being. But if

7 Ways to Help Grieving Children During the Holidays


7 Ways to Help Grieving Children During the Holidays Heather Stang Grief during the holidays serves up a perfect storm where joyous memories crash against reality and expectations, something that is especially tough when it’s a child who’s grieving. I know this firsthand. On October 18, 1977, my uncle Doug died by suicide. I was 7 years old. While I don’t remember the specifics of the Thanksgiving and Christmas that followed, what I do remember is that everyone tried to act normal when our situ

Tending the Garden of Grief With Mindfulness Meditation


Tending the Garden of Grief With Mindfulness Meditation Heather Stang Autumn in my small farming town in mid-Maryland is a time of harvest and abundance. Farmers markets are in full swing, nourishing our bodies with healthy vegetables and filling our senses with vibrant colors and smells. And yet it is a time where nature's energy begins to wind down in preparation for winter, which I like to think of as nature's sacred pause. Autumn is a time of transition and reflection - of letting go and rec

Let It R.A.I.N.


Let It R.A.I.N. Heather Stang As a child, I dreaded overcast days, especially during the summer. Even when it wasn’t raining, the threat of precipitation felt like a life sentence with no chance of parole. It was the grey skies I feared, even though they would often lead to bluer skies and sometimes a rainbow. Living in emotional pain is a lot like bad weather. There is no control, no predicting when the clouds will come or when the rain will start. But we can learn to relate to our pain diff

Compassion for All


Compassion for All Heather Stang If grief is the cold, dark winter, then compassion is the spring. Out of the pain of loss comes the recognition that we are all in this together, and we need each other to make it from one season to the next. Fortunately, there is no shortage of compassion within the TAPS family. Strangers who have never met connect with one another wholeheartedly. United in the shared human experience of profound loss, we offer each other kind words, big hugs and an unconditi

Grief and Sleep


Grief and Sleep Heather Stang   7 Tips to Cope with Insomnia After Loss Coping with grief isn’t easy. In addition to the emotional toll, there are a myriad of physical side effects. Sleeplessness is perhaps one of the most frustrating symptoms – when you are sleepy and can’t sleep it just adds insult to injury. While insomnia is considered a common grief reaction, sleeplessness should not be ignored, but tended to mindfully.  When we don’t get enough sleep it impacts our immune system, our mo

Saturday Morning Message: When We Feel Overwhelmed


Saturday Morning Message: When We Feel Overwhelmed Carol Lane Good morning, Early in grief, everything seems to come upon us at once. Arrangements need to be made, paperwork completed, relatives and friends contacted, and your grief addressed. It is easy to find ourselves overwhelmed by the number of tasks. Then those who kindly want to host a ceremony to honor our loved ones send us invitations. We want to attend all of them, but sometimes we can’t. I know that my family was invited to one eve

Saturday Morning Message: Educational webinars on grief and loss


Saturday Morning Message: Educational webinars on grief and loss Carol Lane Good morning, Webinars from the TAPS Institute for Hope and Healing are one of our many gifts to survivors. They can be really helpful while dealing with grief. Our live webinars are archived for those who aren't able to watch them in real time. Live ones usually include a text chat with time to ask questions of the presenter. The archived ones can be paused in case you can’t watch the whole presentation at once.   Th