Mindfulness Grief and Loss Group
3rd Monday of the month 7:00 PM - 9:00PM
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. They touch 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.
This 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. We are an open continuing group that is offered on a dana/donation basis. No preregistration is required.
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.
Rik Center is Co-Founder of the MCC/Mindfulness Care Center, SE/Somatic Experiencing Stress and Trauma Counselor/Practitioner, Mindfulness Meditation Teacher. He serves 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. His private practice focuses on healing unresolved traumatic anxiety along with offering grief and spiritual counseling support. Rik leads the weekly Tuesday evening meditation at the MCC.