Mindfulness for Grieving Families

This is a 6-week program for grieving families offered by Sharing Kindness and Calmer Choice. Recommended for children 9-12 years old and their parents/caregivers.

“Mindfulness is meant to help you acknowledge the truth of the moment you are in, even, or especially, when that moment hurts. Acknowledgment of the truth is a relief, and it heals. To come to what is true now, and be with it, that is compassion. That is the practice.” Megan Devine,

For The Parents/Caregivers

Grief is such a disorienting time. So much no longer makes sense, and even simple things can feel complicated. Grief has no expiration date. We carry our losses with us. Can the practice of mindfulness ever apply to grief?

This 6-week program provides skills and tools to support personal stress management and the emotional health and well-being for adults. It is composed of foundational practices in mindful awareness coupled with discussions and self-reflective practice that support self-compassion, kindness, and emotional regulation.

For The Children

This program is geared toward children 9-12 years old and will provide your child with tools and opportunities to practice skills that increase present-moment awareness, support emotional regulation and improve stress reduction while allowing them to tend to their grief in the way that is right for them. These skills will be taught through fun engaging activities and discussions. One of the most helpful and healing things we can do for a grieving child is to listen to his or her experiences without jumping in to judge, evaluate or fix.

Program Format

  • 5:30-6:00 Light Meal Together (optional)
  • 6:00-7:15 Child class exploring mindful awareness
  • 6:00-7:15 Adult class exploring mindful awareness
  • 7:15-7:30 Closing, adults and children together to share and practice mindfulness as a group


  • Wednesday, October 2
  • Wednesday, October 9
  • Wednesday, October 16
  • Wednesday, October 23
  • NO CLASS October 30
  • Wednesday, November 6
  • Wednesday, November 13


There is NO cost to families. This program has been generously underwritten by donors who believe in the power of community to support grieving families.


Federated Church of Orleans
162 Main Street
East Orleans, MA 02643

Registration is required. Please register by September 26th. For more information please call 508-398-0808 or email fmalatesta@calmerchoice.org

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