Grief is one of the most common of shared human experiences. At some point we all lose loved ones, sometimes unexpectedly, sometimes tragically, and often heartbreakingly. Loss comes in many ways; one can loose a home, a relationship, a career, a friend, parent, child or pet. Yet unlike many other shared experiences, births and marriages, our culture doesn’t provide many places that help support those facing loss. Frequently even our loved ones expect our grief to be resolved on the day of the funeral, or very shortly after the loss. Those who grieve know this is not the case.
Grief causes great suffering, but it also can provide a powerful opportunity for great transformation; by deepening the connection to our loved one and our own life, we can expand our understanding of ourselves.
The New York Zen Center for Contemplative Care has a unique approach in working with loss. Using mindfulness techniques, Buddhist teaching and practice, and the power of connection, we support the grieving on their journey. We create a safe, nurturing environment for individuals to work through and accept the difficult, and seemingly unmanageable, emotions loss can create: anger, guilt and despair. We care and support the bereaved as they work towards understanding and accepting the pain that loss creates, while simultaneously moving towards, releasing and transforming their suffering into wisdom.
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.
Our Bereavement Support Group will begin on Thursday, September 10th.