You Don't Have To Grieve Alone Any Longer

Awaken is an online membership community for bereaved people that is grounded in mindfulness and self-compassion. Weekly grief support groups, meditation classes, grief yoga and the extensive online course library give you coping skills and self-care practices so you can do more than just survive grief. 

Heather Stang offers those who are grieving a wise and practical guide.... Mindfulness & Grief will help you find your own inner strength and awakening heart in the midst of great loss.

Tara Brach, Ph.D.

see how Awaken moves you From Grief To Peace

Awaken was a lifeline for me after my mom passed. I found a group of friends that checked in every week and made life-long connections. The Facebook group was great to share resources or even ask for help. Heather has the most calming voice and demeanor and is so helpful in guiding the mediations and discussions afterwards. The smaller sized weekly groups made me feel comfortable and I always had an opportunity to ask questions or share what came up. It's a group unlike any other and I am truly so thankful for this program.


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Grief Course

This is right for you if:
You want tools to manage your grief but are not interested in support groups.

  • Quick-Start Roadmaps
  • Mindfulness & Grief Course Library
  • Private Facebook Group


Everything + Private Sessions

This is right for you if:
You would like a private session each month, in addition to the support groups and course.

  • Private Coaching Session Each Month
  • Quick-Start Roadmaps
  • Mindfulness & Grief Course Library
  • Private Facebook Group
  • All Online Events


Tend To Your Most Difficult Symptoms Of Grief

Weekly classes give you practical tools to honor your love, tend to your pain, and learn how to live again. Join us in the comfort and safety of your home from anywhere in the world via Zoom.

Monday Meditation & Grief Group
11 AM PST / 2 PM EDT / 7 PM BST

Tuesday Meditation & Grief Group
4 PM PST / 7 PM EDT / 12 AM BST

1st & 3rd Thursday Perpetual Mindfulness
11 AM PST / 2 PM EDT / 7 PM BST

2nd & 4th Thursday Grief Yoga
11 AM PST / 2 PM EDT / 7 PM BST

Get tips and tools in the
8-step course library 

Heart-felt and evidence-based practices from the Mindfulness & Grief System created by Heather and detailed in the forthcoming textbook Handbook of Grief Therapies.

Conscious Relaxation
Self-care for your grieving body

Mindfulness For Grief
Peace in the present moment

Compassion For All
Care for Yourself & Others

Skillful Courage
Harness Your Strength & Vulnerability

Getting Unstuck
 The Space You Need to Move Forward

Meaning Reconstruction
Cherish The Love That Remains

Allowing Transformation
Rewrite Your Life's Story

Perpetual Mindfulness
A Healthy Lifestyle For Grief & Beyond

“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.”

—Christine B.

Your compassionate guide,
author Heather Stang, MA, C-IAYT

Acceptance in the mindful context means that even when the unthinkable happens, we honor our self and our experience with dignity and kindness. Rather than turn our back on our own suffering, we treat ourselves as we would a beloved friend. We take the time to pay attention to the physical sensations, thoughts, and feelings that accompany our pain.

(Heather Stang in Mindfulness & Grief, Page 15)

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Heather's own journey of love, loss, and posttraumatic growth inspires her passion for teaching self-care for grief to bereaved families and grief professionals. She focuses on meditation, movement, and journaling to help people cope with grief, create continuing bonds with their loved one, and adjust to life after loss in a meaningful way.

She is the author of Mindfulness & Grief, and the new guided journal, From Grief To Peace, and has contributed to numerous grief textbooks and publications. Her online program Awaken is rooted in the Mindfulness & Grief System that she created, and which will be featured in the forthcoming grief textbook, The Handbook of Grief Therapy.

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. She is a certified yoga therapist with a master's degree in thanatology (death, dying, & bereavement) and over 20 years experience in mind-body therapies.

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.


Tending To Your Pain Does Not 
Mean Releasing Your LOVE

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.

Inside Awaken you will feel safe to tend to what hurts, adjust to your new life circumstances, and maintain an enduring connection with your loved one. 

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


When we are more firmly grounded in our bodies, as Heather Stang demonstrates, we are better able literally and metaphorically to find a new footing in the world, and to restore a life of meaning and coherence.

Robert A. Neimeyer, Ph.D.

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.

This 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 use our form to ask your question.