Grief is one of the most common and shared human experiences—at some point we all lose loved ones, sometimes unexpectedly, sometimes tragically, always heartbreakingly. Sometimes loss comes in the form of the loss of a home, relationship, career, geographical move or the loss of a beloved pet. Yet unlike many other shared human experiences, including births and marriage, our culture doesn’t have many places to help support those facing loss. Frequently even our loved ones expect our grief to be resolved by the day of the funeral or very shortly after the loss; those who grieve know this is not the case.
Grief causes suffering, but it is also provides a powerful opportunity for transformation, while deepening our connection to our loved one, our connection to life, and our understanding of ourselves.
The New York Zen Center for Contemplative Care has a unique approach to working with loss. We use mindfulness techniques, Buddhist teachings and practices, and the power of connection to support the grieving on their journey. We create a safe, nurturing environment for grieving individuals to work through and accept the difficult and seemingly unmanageable emotions loss creates, including anger, guilt and despair. We support the bereaved as they work towards accepting and understanding the pain our loss creates, while simultaneously moving towards releasing and transforming the suffering into wisdom.
We need not suffer, nor be alone in our grief.
To serve those facing loss or unwelcome change, we offer:
One on One Support
Suggested donation of $108 with sliding scale offered. Each session is 50 minutes.
To apply for a session, click here.