How to Cope with Grief and Loss During COVID-19

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The pandemic has created an unprecedented experience of loss for countless people across the world. When we go through a loss of any kind, it often opens up all the previous losses that came before it. More than a year into the pandemic, we can see the effects of social isolation, loss of income, deaths of loved ones, and a loss of life as we used to know it on a global scale. More people than ever are dealing with anxiety, depression, loneliness, and an overwhelming fear of the unknown. 

However, with this loss comes a precious opportunity to unearth and release undigested experiences of grief and bring greater freedom to your life. Join Wendy Stern, Founder of the Grief Support Network and President of the Center for Somatic Grieving, to learn how yoga and mindfulness can help you move through grief and find greater freedom in your life.

In this lecture, you will learn:
  • How to explore where you are holding grief in your body
  • How yoga and meditation can help you lean into and connect more deeply with your emotions 
  • How your grief can serve as a powerful catalyst for personal growth, resilience and change

This event will be recorded. Everyone that registers will be notified once the replay is available.
Your Presenter:
Wendy dedicates her life's work to supporting people to heal and transform through the process of grief. She is the Founder of the Grief Support Network and President of the Center for Somatic Grieving. The Grief Support Network is a non-profit organization whose mission, programs and network of resources are inspired and informed by Wendy’s personal experience of loss and professional background as a yoga therapist and teacher, speaker, trainer and group facilitator. Wendy has devoted the last 20 years to being a student and teacher of yoga. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and is certified as a yoga therapist, reiki practitioner and facilitator of yoga therapy groups for grief support and self-empowerment. In 2007, when her son Noah passed away, her grief propelled her into a process of profound transformation, which has taught her to live with more joy and gratitude in her life. 

About this initiative:

This event is part of a joint effort between GBYU and IAYT, offered at no charge as a service to the global patient community. 

The COVID-19 pandemic has us all sailing uncharted waters. Research and scientific knowledge about the illness are in their infancy, and an array of sometimes-devastating symptoms is challenging healthcare systems worldwide. Patients, too, are navigating unknown territory, often with limited support. As more people recover from the virus, more are experiencing long-term effects now known collectively as Long COVID or COVID Long Hauler Syndrome. Effective treatment pathways to help patients manage these life-altering symptoms have yet to be identified.  

But there are practical steps we can take right now to increase our well-being and ability to cope, regardless of the form symptoms might take. The International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT) and Give Back Yoga University (GBYU) have joined together to offer meaningful patient support informed by the best available evidence. Our Well-Being After COVID initiative also offers education for yoga professionals bringing this work to their communities. 

A Note on Seva (Service):
Many of our faculty donate their time and receive no compensation from course fees. The funds we raise through this platform go to support Give Back Yoga Foundation and its key initiatives: mat donations, small grants, and not-for-profit yoga programs for people facing addiction, eating disorders, cancer, incarceration, and PTSD. Learn more about our work here