Cope with grief the healthy way 

Awaken is your all-in-one toolkit full of self-care practices and compassionate support so you can do more than survive grief. You will start living again.

Soothe your aching heart with the three pillars of Awaken

Cope With Your Pain

Ease difficult emotions as they arise with on-the-spot coping skills.

Build Your Resilience

Protect yourself from stress with a sustainable self-care routine.

Get Loving Support

Put an end to unhealthy isolation in our compassionate community.

Before this program I was having anxiety and depression. Integrating my self-care practice into my daily life was especially helpful. I am calmer now. Even when I focus on my grief, it doesn't seem as overwhelming.


Get the guidance you need to move from heartache to hope

The grief course library walks you step-by-step through everything you need to live a meaningful life after loss and treasure the love that remains.

Module 1:
Conscious Relaxation
Self-care for your grieving body

Module 2:
Mindfulness For Grief

Feel clarity & peace in the present moment

Module 3:
Compassion For All

Caring for Yourself & Others

Module 4:
Skillful Courage

Harnessing Your Strength & Vulnerability

Module 5:
Getting Unstuck

 Create The Space You Need to Move Forward

Module 6:
Meaning Reconstruction

Honoring The Love That Remains

Module 7:
Allowing Transformation

Rewriting Your Life's Story

Module 8:
Perpetual Mindfulness

Creating A Healthy Lifestyle & Building Resilience

Heather´s online course is a refuge where I can connect with awareness of my ongoing grief process. The lessons allowed me to relate intimately with how my grief appeared in my thoughts, emotions and physical sensations. My relationship to life after this loss has profoundly changed, and I appreciate Heather's support to discover it.


You don't have to grieve alone anymore

Not everyone will understand your pain. But we do. If you feel isolated, but want to speak and be heard, the Awaken community is here and waiting to support you.

The Awaken Roadmaps, Course + Live Events Package includes weekly meditation and journaling workshops, monthly Member-to-Member Sharing Circles, seasonal holiday workshops, and a Private Facebook Group. All events are offered via Zoom, so you can join our judgment-free conversations from the comfort of your home.

Your compassionate grief support guide

Heather Stang, MA, C-IAYT, is the author of Mindfulness & Grief and the #1 guided journal in new releases on Amazon, From Grief To Peace. She is the founder of the Mindfulness & Grief Institute, where she hosts the Mindfulness & Grief Podcast and provides training to national healthcare and bereavement organizations.

Her own journey of love, loss, and posttraumatic growth fuels her passion for teaching meditation for grief to bereaved families and grief professionals to use mindfulness-based techniques to cope with grief, cultivate resilience, and prevent burnout.

She holds a master’s degree in thanatology (death, dying, and bereavement) and is a certified yoga therapist and meditation instructor.

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Heather’s calm and compassionate presence is a healing balm in times of great loss. She explains grief so well that you feel as if she walks through the process with you and deeply comprehends the ever-changing path of grief. I found her program to be both educational and experiential, an unusual combination in the field of grief.


Healthy grieving does not mean denying your pain

When you join Awaken you won't need to bite your tongue, stuff your feelings, or apologize for talking about your loved one. And you don't have to pretend that everything is OK when it isn’t.

Tell us your favorite story. Share their photo. If your relationship was difficult, you can talk about that, too.

Healthy grieving does not mean denying your pain. It means tending to what hurts, adjusting to your new life circumstances, and maintaining an enduring connection with your loved one. You can do all three with Awaken.

And when you are ready, you will rediscover who you are now.

If you are ready to reduce your physical, emotional, and spiritual suffering, take your next best step and join Awaken to find hope, resilience, and love. 

- Heather Stang, MA, C-IAYT

Heart-centered techniques
grounded in research

Awaken is based on up-to-date grief and mindfulness research and is facilitated by author Heather Stang who holds a master's in death, dying, and bereavement (thanatology) and is a certified yoga therapist. Heather is a member of the Association of Death Education and Counseling and the International Association of Yoga Therapists. The Mindfulness & Grief System that is the foundation of Awaken will appear in the forthcoming Handbook of Grief Therapy.

The program has been my life jacket in a very stormy sea of grief. I am the person who ultimately has to swim and get back to land but having this has given me hope that I will get there, in my own time and with the help of Heather and my companions in the online sessions.


Is Awaken is right for you? 

Answers to the most frequently asked questions.

Q. How much time each day should I expect to spend on Awaken?

A. When you spend 5 to 15 minutes a day in Awaken, you will benefit. Some days you may want to immerse yourself. Other days you will take a break. But commit to just a few minutes most days, and you will feel less anxious and more empowered than without these practices.

Q. Do I need to know how to meditate, do yoga, or journal?

A. Awaken is for people who are grieving. There are no other prerequisites. You will be given proven methods to care for your grieving mind, body, and spirit. This includes techniques to get the sleep you are not getting, a meaningful way to express your innermost thoughts and feelings, meditations to slow down all of those spinning thoughts, and other tips to help you start to feel like yourself again. You will also find creative ways to incorporate the memory of the person you love into your everyday life and plan for holidays and anniversaries. You don’t need anything but yourself.

Q. Do I need to read Heather Stang's books?

A. You will get all the instruction you need from the program itself, but since both books follow the eight-step Mindfulness & Grief System that is the foundation of Awaken, many students enjoy these paper companions. Mindfulness & Grief offers inspirational stories and instruction, while From Grief to Peace is a guided journal with hundreds of writing prompts. They are wonderful companions to Awaken, but they are not required reading.

Q. Is Awaken for death-loss only?

A.  Yes. Awaken is designed specifically for anyone mourning the death of a loved one. It is not suitable for breakups, divorce, and other non-death losses, though I offer private sessions for all life’s difficult events

Q. How do I know if AWAKEN is not right for me right now?

If you have a psychiatric diagnosis that includes psychosis, such as hallucinations or active flashbacks, meditation may exacerbate your suffering. This may also be true for traumatic losses. Please clear this program with your mental health provider before registering. You can schedule a free consultation before registering for Awaken to help you decide if it is right for your circumstance and help communicate what Awaken offers to your mental health team. Private sessions may be more appropriate at first to help customize your approach to what can be a helpful tool in coping with traumatic grief. 

It is natural to be focused inward in the early period of grief, and sometimes hearing other people's trauma will just pile more pain onto your already tender heart. You may want to sign up for the course and roadmaps first, which will help you calm your anxiety and ground yourself when you feel overwhelmed. Once you feel ready to witness and share, you can always join us for the live events by upgrading your subscription.

Q. What if I want to take the grief course but not participate in the live events?

A. Choose the Self-Guided Course Library & Roadmaps, which does not include the live events.

Q. What if I feel I need more one-on-one support?

A. The Awaken Private Coaching Package includes the Self-Guided Course Library, live events, and a private session with Heather every month. 

Q. I have been isolating because I am afraid other people won't understand. Will the group help?

A. Since each person’s experience of grief is as unique as a fingerprint, we have created a judgment-free space where you are safe to explore your feelings. Each member agrees to community guidelines that are rooted in compassion and inclusion. This includes not comparing one grief experience with another. It is a safe space for you to get the support you may not be getting otherwise, so if you are isolating, come on in!

Q. When are the live events offered?

A. Weekly Meditation and Journaling Groups are offered via Zoom on Mondays at 11 AM PST / 2 PM EST / 7 PM BST, and Tuesdays at 4 PM PST / 7 PM EST / 12 AM BST. The same topic is taught each week in both classes. In addition, seasonal workshops and monthly Member-to-Member Sharing Circles are offered at various times and are announced a month in advance.

Q. Do I need special technology to participate?

A. Any computer, laptop, tablet, or smartphone with a web browser and access to the internet will work. We recommend that you connect to a reliable Wi-Fi network so the video is stable and the audio is clear.

Q. What if my question is not answered here?

A. Please email your question to classes@mindfulnessandgrief.com. 

The perfect grief gift for someone you love

  1. Select the membership level you desire and click the button.
  2. On the payment page, check "is this a gift?"
  3. Enter your payment information.
  4. The next screen will allow you to write a custom message.
  5. Your gift will be delivered to the recipient's inbox with a link to join Awaken.

Get everything you need to move from grief to peace

Grief Course
+ Roadmaps

This package is right for you if:
You need tools to manage your grief on your own, and are not in need of community support.

  • Quick-Start Roadmaps
  • Mindfulness & Grief Course Library
  • Private Facebook Group
  • 30 Day Money Back Guarantee


 + Private Coaching

This package is right for you if:
You want coping skills and compassionate, professional support, and prefer to work through your grief in private.

  • Private Coaching Session Each Month
  • Quick-Start Roadmaps & Course Library
  • Private Facebook Group
  • All Live Events Including Sharing Circles
  • 30 Day Money Back Guarantee


You are in complete control. Upgrade, downgrade, or pause your membership with ease in your Account Dashboard.

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