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Terminal Illness
A study to measure the effectiveness of mindfulness as a coping tool for the grieving.

Overview

Grief affects us all. It is complex and can be debilitating to those who are going through the process. Moreover, grief can be cumulative. When we don’t process the grief associated with one loss can be added to the grief of another loss and so on.

Creating space for the allowance of people’s grief is important in a therapeutic environment. Our grief needs to be witnessed, validated, and then we may be able to move through the experience of feeling into it. Normalizing grief and the wide range of individual responses (and non-adherence to the stages and timelines that have been suggested as normal) is so important for us individually and collectively as a society.

Mindfulness can be an effective technique for coping with grief. This combined with yoga and therapy can be supportive to clients who are processing their grief. It provides an effective coping mechanism and easy-to-access tools that can help them function in the world while they grieve (and beyond) that doesn’t bypass how they are feeling or what has happened to them. Moreover, there is the possibility that mindfulness techniques can transform their relationship to self and others in the process.

This study will examine the effects of several tools and its effectiveness in supporting those who are grieving.

Participants

We are looking for 12-16 adults who are willing to dedicate 2-3 hours/week for 6 weeks to learn new coping tools and techniques and provide ongoing feedback as to their process.

Each adult participant will be randomly placed in one of two groups which will offer different tools. Each person should have the time to dedicate each week to the activities and tasks that will be given to them (about 3 hours) which may include meditation, mindfulness techniques, restorative yoga, and therapy.  

We are looking for people who meet the following criteria:   

  • Have you lost someone significant to you in the last 6 months to 2 years?
  • Are you willing to give approximately 2-3 hours per week to learning and cultivating techniques that can be used to support you during this process an hour therapy session and
  • Attend a weekly therapy session (45 min)
  • Respond to two surveys – beginning and end – to measure effectiveness.
  • You must be 18 years old or older.
  • Preference to those who live in Toronto/GTA (and can attend in person sessions).

If you are interested in participating, please email for more details and a screening questionnaire.