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Maryland author eases the pain of loss

4/4/2014, 6 a.m.
Maryland author Heather Stang debuts her first book, “Mindfulness & Grief,” which helps people navigate the pain of bereavement.

— Maryland author Heather Stang debuts her first book, “Mindfulness & Grief,” which helps people navigate the pain of bereavement. The acclaimed grief expert guides the reader through the transition of loss through an eight-week program incorporating meditation, yoga, journaling and creative expression.

“Mindfulness is a process that reduces physical, emotional and spiritual suffering as we grieve,” says Stang. “Loss is something that we don’t like to talk about, but it’s something we all deal with, and its repercussions reveal themselves in many ways. Being mindful helps us reduce stress and properly deal with grief.”

Equally appropriate to those struggling after loss of a loved one or a painful life transition, the book helps readers recognize the physical and emotional symptoms of stress and grief, and forges a path to wellness.

Stang, a certified Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy practitioner, meditation instructor and bereavement group facilitator, received her M.A. in thanatology, the study of death, dying and bereavement, from Hood College. She dedicates her life to the study of grief and eases the pain of those left behind.

Adaptable to all spiritual beliefs and fitness levels, each chapter Mindfulness & Grief introduces weekly themes to calm the mind, strengthen the body and regulate emotions.

“The mind-body connection is incredibly powerful in the grieving process,” says Stang. “Simple strategies can strengthen our immune health and self-awareness as we heal.”

Mindfulness & Grief is available through Amazon, Barnes & Noble and CICO Books. For more information about Mindfulness & Grief, visit: www. mindfulnessandgrief.com.