Beginning in May, Hospice & Community Care will partner with the Palmetto Peace Project to offer Mindfulness classes the 1st and 3rd Thursday of the month. These classes, held on the Hospice & Community Care campus from 9:30-10:30, are open to the public and appropriate for beginners and regular practitioners.
Utilizing the practice of mindfulness can be one of the tools that people find helpful as they navigate their grief journeys.
Mindfulness is the basic human ability to be fully present, aware of where we are and what we’re doing, and not overly reactive or overwhelmed by what’s going on around us. While mindfulness is innate, it can be cultivated through proven techniques.
Often healing from a loss is a process of regaining balance between being overwhelmed by emotions related to the loss and avoiding feeling these same emotions because they are too painful. Mindfulness is just one of the tools that many people access in order to work toward acceptance.
Through mindfulness practice people who have experienced loss are able to observe their feelings, allowing them to simply be, feeling them as they are, and being present with them. Ultimately, healing requires making peace with them. Practicing mindfulness does not heal or lessen the pain from a loss, rather it moves the person toward achieving acceptance and lessening the distress associated with it.
For further reading about mindfulness and grief:
A Mindfulness-Based Approach to Healing From Loss
Reflections On Grief & Mindfulness
For more information contact Hospice &Community Care at 803-329-1500 or info@HospiceCommunityCare.org