So much has changed in this current climate and everyone has been affected by many losses.
This short course will present a mindful approach to working through loss and grief when learning new ways to cope with a changed world. Mindfulness is a way of reducing stress and anxiety in a clinically proven approach. The workshop will draw on John Kabat Zinn’s (2011) work which suggests that ‘the challenge of mindfulness is to work with the very circumstances that you find yourself in – no matter how unpleasant, how discouraging, how limited, how unending and stuck they may appear to be. It is right here that the real work needs to happen. Right in that moment, you touch the core of your being and invite mindfulness to enter and heal.’ Promoting a mindful approach to our clients and practicing mindfulness ourselves will help us to be more present to loss and grief work.
Often we can be very hard on ourselves when we experience these significant losses and are impatient with ourselves. We have trouble facing our vulnerabilities when we walk with grief. For this reason, having ‘self compassion’ is a critical component of the grief journey. As Kristin Neff, Ph.D (2015) as one of the world leading experts on ‘self compassion’ points out: ‘Instead of mercilessly judging and criticizing yourself for various inadequacies or shortcomings, self-compassion means you are kind and understanding when confronted with personal failings – after all, who ever said you were supposed to be perfect?’
With simple mindfulness-based exercises we are able to restore mind, body and spirit. Experience and learn how to teach easy to follow meditations that calm the body and mind. The mindful loss and grief journey may allow a space for transforming and healing grief and finding the spiritual and emotional resilience needed to move through this challenging time. Often opportunities for making meaning and living life with more awareness can grow.
Reflecting and noticing our client’s reactions to their losses provides us with an opportunity to apply a mindfulness approach to our work. It is about becoming aware of our own triggers and pain reactions when we listen to some of our client’s stories. Learn to become less controlled by them, which in turn makes us more available to ‘be present’ with our clients. Reflect on how our own reactions can hinder us in supporting our clients to work through complex loss and grief.
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Beaté Steller is a Sydney based adult educator, author, accredited mental health social worker, counsellor, clinical supervisor, adult educator, spiritual care practitioner and registered nurse. She has gathered experience in these variety of roles over 35 years in a variety of sectors and industries, including health, palliative and aged care, social housing and long-term unemployment. She has a special interest in working with older people and has been working in Residential Aged Care for over the last 14 years in the roles of Social Worker and Spiritual Wellbeing Co-ordinator.
For over a decade Beaté has specialized in grief and loss education/counselling and transition counselling and was a Director of the Board of NALAG (National Association for Loss) and Grief between 2009 - 2020. She had her first book published in 2017 called Tech-connect –Staying Meaningfully Connected in Aged Care. She has both graduate and postgraduate qualifications in Adult Education, Social Work and Nursing, holds a Certificate IV in Assessment and Workplace Training. She completed her second Master Degree in Ageing and Pastoral Studies in 2019. Her Masters research was on Mindfulness Meditation Groups in Residential Aged Care and its Relevance Spiritual Growth and Wellbeing. Beaté has a history of working with people from Indigenous and culturally diverse backgrounds. Beaté also holds professional membership with the AASW, the NSW Health Services Profession (as a Registered Nurse), and Spiritual Care Australia.
“Grieving mindfully introduces ancient and effective mindfulness practices and encourages us to use them to become more mindful of inner life as the grief process unfolds.” (J. Brantley, Director of Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Program, 2005)
Professionals working in the field of loss, grief and bereavement, such as social workers, counsellors, therapists, psychologists and other allied health professionals
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