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Workshop Teaches Mindfulness and Meditation for Mourning



A free workshop, Mindfulness and Grief: Being Present to Life, will provide bereaved individuals an opportunity to learn and practice the benefits of mindfulness and meditation from 6:30 to 8 p.m., March 4, at Pathways Center for Grief and Loss, a bereavement center of Hospice and Community Care. Led by Mary Ellen Francescani, a certified, registered nurse practitioner, the workshop will help attendees become comfortable with whatever emotions arise and develop a kind and compassionate relationship with themselves. It is intended for those grieving the death of a loved one for at least six months but less than two years.

“Mourning the loss of a beloved is a painful part of the human experience and brings with it many uncomfortable thoughts and feelings,” says Lauren Kreider, a bereavement counselor. “A common response is to stay busy and focus attention on other things so as to escape the pain of the loss. While it can be helpful to take breaks from mourning, it is also essential to find ways to be present to the sadness, anger, guilt and anxiety of grief.”

Location: 4075 Old Harrisburg Pike, Mount Joy. Space is limited; for preregistration (required by February 25), call Kreider at 717-391-2413 or 800-924-7610

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