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Heather Stang

Heather Stang

Heather Stang, MA is the author of Mindfulness and Grief, a book based on the 8 week groups she developed and now facilitates. She earned a Masters in Thanatology (Death, Dying & Bereavement) from Hood College in 2010. Heather is a mindfulness meditation instructor and Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy practitioner at the Frederick Meditation Center, which she founded in 2014.

Her focus is on helping the bereaved stay healthy and increase immune functioning through mindfulness based practices, relaxation and expressive arts. Her article “Living in the Body: Using Awareness of Physical Sensation to Cope With Loss” was published in the October 2009 issue of The Forum, the monthly publication of the Association of Death Education and Counselors (ADEC), and her observations of an 8-week Mindful Grief Support Group was presented at the 2009 ADEC Conference.

Heather is a repeat presenter at the The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation Survivors Conference and the Hospice of Frederick County, and has taught stress reduction for clients such as BP Solar and NBC.

She discovered the practices of yoga and mindfulness while she was a stressed-out CEO. After one retreat she decided to sell her company and dedicate her life to reducing stress, in herself and in others.

She offers private Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy sessions, day-long retreats and Mindfulness & Grief groups in her hometown of Frederick, Maryland and just about anywhere she is invited to present. Heather is a member of the Association of Death Educators and Counselors (ADEC) and the National Honor Society Phi Kappa Phi.

Find her book on,, as well as your local independent book seller. For an autographed copy, and to listen to guided meditations, visit the Mindfulness & Grief web site.

For more from Heather:
Google+: +HeatherStangMA
Twitter: @HeatherStangM
Facebook: Mindfulness Grief
Goodreads: Mindfulness and Grief


Blog Posts by Heather Stang

  • Compassion Meditation For Kids

    Compassion Meditation For Kids

    Research indicates that compassionate children become caring and optimistic adults. Many people think that compassion is a natural trait, but it can be cultivated through formal meditation techniques, as well as selfless service and other spiritual and civic activities. In my adult meditation groups, I teach the formal Buddhist practice called Metta Meditation, also known […]

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  • Mindful

    Mindful Family, Happy Family

    Take a moment and imagine what it would be like if everyone in your household was more patient, kind, calm and respectful. Trips to the doctor’s office become more infrequent, grades improve, and dinner time is a pleasant and happy affair. Overall, there is a sense of well-being and joy. Sound far-fetched? Bliss is not […]

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  • Relaxation

    Stress Management For Busy Families

    Stress management is not a luxury. From parenting to work-stress to paying bills on time, there are many things that can trigger the stress reaction known as the fight-or-flight response. If you do not keep your stress in check, you may wind up with any number of stress-related complications, including migraines, anxiety, diabetes and hypertension. […]

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  • 8 Tips To Help Your Child Cope With Grief

    8 Tips To Help Your Child Cope With Grief

    Grief is a natural reaction to loss, and unfortunately children are not immune. While we wish we could inoculate them against pain, the reality is the only way out is through. As a parent, there are many things you can do to help your child cope during difficult times. 1. Listen With Compassion: The most […]

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  • 8 Tips for Bereaved Parents

    8 Tips for Bereaved Parents

    When a family member dies, everyone in your home will experience the pain of loss. How you react will certainly affect your child, but this does not mean you need to hide your feelings. In fact, that will create a rift between you and your child at a time when you need each other the […]

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