5 Meditation Resources for Coping with Grief

I’m writing this in isolation.

Like so many of us during the Coronavirus crisis, I am social distancing. And one of the things keeping me sane during this crisis is meditation.

By crisis, I also mean a time for grieving. What we are feeling right now is grief. It is a loss of what we once knew and it is wrestling with the knowledge that life will never be the same.

Now, I’m a firm believer that we must see opportunity in setback. I believe this because I live this. When my late partner died of cancer, I changed my life for the better. I quit my job, traveled the world, walked 500 miles across Spain on the Camino de Santiago, and started my own business.

Along the way, I grieved. Hard.

Meditation in Thailand

A daily meditation practice helped me move to a place of acceptance and to pursue an ongoing search for meaning from my partner’s death. Meditation allowed me to accept that which I cannot control and to calm my fears of the unknown.

Here are five meditation resources to help you find peace through grief. (Note: There are no affiliate links on this post. These are simply meditation resources that have helped me.)

UPDATE April 8, 2020: Oprah and Deepak Chopra opened another free 21-day meditation series to find peace in a time of turmoil. I’m late to the game on this and they are already three weeks in, but all of the sessions are currently available online for free at the Chopra Center.

The Mindful Movement

The husband and wife team of the Mindful Movement offer free guided meditations and more in-depth meditation courses for purchase. Right now, they are focusing on letting go of fear and worry on their YouTube Channel, and I’ve found these meditations to be a calming resource during this period of isolation.

The Daily Calm App

This is what I used when I was traveling to remind me to meditate every day.

The Daily Calm App worked well for me when I was first learning to meditate because I was able to set reminders on my phone. Also, the “streak” feature uses a calendar to show how many days in a row you’ve meditated.

The Daily Calm App is free to download and it offers a small amount of free content, though buying the subscription is the best way to access all of the guided meditations offered in the soothing voice of Tamara Levitt. $12.99/month

DailyOm

I subscribe to the DailyOm newsletter and find their reminders for self-care and mindfulness to be well-written, relevant and helpful.

Also helpful is the large variety of courses that can be tailored to skill-level and/or topic. Check out the course 60 Meditations for Greater Happiness offering 60 lessons at a sliding pay scale.

Omstars

My current solution to a daily meditation practice is an annual subscription to Omstars. I also use it for my yoga practice.

Omstars offers a huge library of meditation, yoga and wellness classes to its members. Co-founded by one of my favorite yoga instructors Kino MacGregor, Omstars is my go-to for calm every day and especially in periods of upheaval. $14.99/month.

Awaken the Spirit Within

Admittedly the most “out there” of my list, this book is the single resource that helped me the most as I was moving through the stages of grief. Written by spiritual medium Rebecca Rosen and available on Kindle (or help keep your favorite local bookstore in business by ordering a physical copy online!), this book offers 10 steps to “ignite your life”. But it’s the meditations that really spoke to me.

I have given this book to more people than I can count on both hands, and I revisit it whenever I’m feeling down. I am currently working through the steps again!

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