Coping with Grief: Guided Spoken Meditation for Healing After a Loss of a Loved One
2014, Jason Stephenson channel, YouTube
A 19-minute, free-of-charge, non faith-based audio meditation with soft, synthesized tones that guides listeners through a meeting with their loved one. Narrated by Jason Stephenson and written by Amelia Schmelzer with music by Jordan Jessep...
Thoughts on the resource
This meditation encourages listeners to bring safety, strength, hope and imagination to their visualization. I find the presentation calming (not sombre sounding, like some meditations can be) and I appreciate the breaks in speech to allow for time to settle, imagine or feel. Listeners experiencing grief or loss will recognize details that make this meditation authentic: an acknowledgement that all emotions will not be resolved in one sitting (but that listeners are invited to return to the meditation in the following days and weeks); an opportunity to relate to their loved one with whatever thoughts or feelings come up; and a reassuring closing that reinforces the loved one's continued presence in listeners' lives.
Although I'm not a fan of the water and dam analogy used at the very beginning of the meditation and I find the brief reference to dogma a bit out of place, this meditation is refreshing and takes the time to help listeners create a space to greet and talk with their loved one. It subtly references and supports common grief experiences. This meditation might be most useful as a bedtime or early morning practice.
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