Mindfulness Grief and Loss Group
We meet the 3rd Monday of every month 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
*Location: 1280 Green Street, Russian Hill for this month's group.
Local Muni is good & LYFT or UBER. Parking in the neighborhood is hit or miss, not always easy, leave yourself time.
Grief is a natural state of the heart to be acknowledged...It's not something we "get over" though we must "pass through."
Grief and loss appear in many forms and quite often may feel overwhelming. It touches all of us at some point, though often our culture does not give us the time or support we need to heal, leaving us feeling isolated and unsure. Through group sharing that utilizes mindfulness reflective skills and contemplative reflection we can begin to feel whole and safe even in the midst of tremendous grief.
Our ongoing monthly group provides an opportunity for coming together with others, so that we can be heard and become more embodied around the losses and griefs of our life.
MCC groups and workshops are supported by the practice of shared generosity. No one is turned away. We offer a suggested donation of $10-$20 for those who are able too.
Our programs are for everyone to benefit from in gaining new insights into life, themselves, inner healing and joy.
Rik Center is Co-Founder of the MCC/Mindfulness Care Center and a SE/Somatic Experiencing Stress and Trauma Counselor/Practitioner, Mindfulness Meditation Teacher. He has served as a Buddhist/Interfaith Chaplain at San Francisco General Hospital plus he sits of the Professional Advisory Group at CPMC Hospitals for the Spiritual Care Department. Rik has a private practice working with clients one-on-one which focuses on healing highly activated stress, unresolved traumatic anxiety and PTSD along with offering grief and spiritual counseling support. He leads the weekly Tuesday evening meditation at the MCC.
Mary Anne Cook helps people find their way through life transitions and significant loss. Working with both individuals and groups, she uses a flexible approach tailored to individual needs, drawing on her background in counseling, mindfulness training, and the creative arts. Mary Anne studied at NYU's School of Social Work, has a degree in Spiritual Direction from the SF Theological Seminary, and is trained in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction. She works privately as a spiritual director and grief counselor at the Interfaith Counseling Center (ICC) and the Mindfulness Care Center (MCC). She has also served as a volunteer at Hospice by the Bay and worked bereaved children and their families at Josie's Place. She is currently on staff at the ICC, MCC, and the Pacific Center of Spiritual Formation.