Mindful Grief Support Group – First Thursday of the month

  • Duration: First Thursday in August through next spring. (Upcoming Dates: March 7, April 4)
  • Time: 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm
  • RSVP: (see form below)
  • Location: Dallas Meditation Center

This in-person support group is dedicated to providing compassionate care for Dallas Meditation Center attendees who are navigating the normal yet challenging experiences of grief. Facilitated by Cheryl Muck-King, a retired nurse with extensive experience in Home Health and Hospice, our group exists to offer mindful presence and understanding without providing grief therapy or counseling.

Event Schedule:

  • 5:00 – 6:00 pm: Gathering (Optional)
    • Opportunity to come early, have a bite to eat, meet people, and share.
  • 6:00 – 7:00 pm: Mindful Grief Support Group
    • Formal meeting time with meditation and guided self-compassion practices.
  • 7:00 – 8:30 pm: Community Sharing and Caring (Optional)
    • Participants are invited to share or listen mindfully. Supportive group discussion about lessons learned and practices used.

Event Intentions: In this safe and supportive space, we aim to:

  • Stand witness to the suffering caused by life’s losses and death.
  • Embrace our pain with mindful presence and self-compassion.
  • Recognize our common humanity and extend compassion to all experiencing sorrow.
  • Observe our suffering with balanced awareness, acknowledging its reality without being overwhelmed.
  • Mindfully support each other without offering judgment, solutions, or comparison.

Support Group Behavioral Intentions: During our gatherings, we commit to:

  • Creating a safe place for everyone to share and heal.
  • Practicing loving-kindness in all actions and speech.
  • Offering ourselves and others compassion as we navigate grief together.
  • Acknowledging that loss and death are inherent aspects of human life.
  • Allowing each individual the space to share if they desire, with the utmost respect for confidentiality.
  • Communicating with compassion, avoiding judgment, and refraining from comparing grief experiences.
  • Honoring each loss as unique and irreplaceable, recognizing that responses to grief vary and are deeply personal.

Please note that while this support group provides a nurturing environment for working through grief, it does not serve as a replacement for professional counseling. We encourage attendees to seek the support of skilled professionals when needed and will gladly provide a list of professional resources.

Together, let us be present with our grief, supporting and caring for one another as we embrace the impermanence of life with mindfulness and loving-kindness.

Contribution for the center to be able to provide the programming: $20- 40

Mindful Grief Support Group Registration
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Description

Cheryl Muck-King BIO

Cheryl grew up in a small town in Kansas and always knew she wanted to be a nurse. She attended Fort Hays State University and later earned a Master of Science in Nursing degree in Dallas. Throughout her forty-nine-year career, she worked for various healthcare organizations and was involved in the development of the Medicare Hospice Benefit. Cheryl also created her own home healthcare consulting firm she ran for 20 years.

She has been an active volunteer in religious organizations serving in both Deacon and elder roles. She currently supports the Dallas Meditation Center facilitating the “Mindful Mondays” sangha and designing multiple training programs.

Her interest in mindfulness, meditation, and hospice culminated in her writing a book, Mindfulness in a Time of Grief.