Holistic Grief Healing


The way we react to as well as grieve a loss in our lives is a very individual experience.  Loss can be described as not only the loss of a loved one, but also the loss of a job, loss of physical independence, loss of home and more. One size definitely does not fit all when it comes to dealing with and experiencing grief.  Is there a right way or wrong way to grieve?  No.  There is only your way as you navigate your way through the sea of emotions you experience in finding ways to cope and survive.  Unfortunately society, television, and many different cultures seem to dictate what they think are the right or wrong ways for us to grieve.  Men aren’t supposed to cry. Don’t show your feelings. Be strong and just move on. You are better off now.  Sound familiar?  But there is always the lingering question… How can I deal with my grief? How do I go on?

I don’t claim to know all of the answers but I do know about options.  As an occupational therapy assistant,  I have been educated and trained on how to help individuals live life as independently as possible when faced with the struggles of physical, mental or emotional limitations.  Through the work that occupational therapy practitioners do, we are constantly creatively thinking of ways to adapt either the environment, situation or mindset of our patients and their families to help them achieve a realistic level of independence in their abilities during their recovery and regain or redefine their purpose.

It is with this background as well as my experiences as a Reiki Master/Teacher and other holistic training that I have developed this workshop.  This is not a support group nor a substitute for one.  Support groups are highly recommended.  Rather, this is a workshop to educate you and provide you with holistic tools and techniques that you can incorporate in your life as you walk down the path towards healing.  Maybe one or more of these techniques might help you to regain your level of independence through grieving.  You won’t know till you try.  That’s all I ask.  Try it on – see if it fits for what YOU need and what will help you while you are grieving.

With love and light,

Here is a sample of some of the topics to be covered in the Holistic Grief Healing Workshop:

Releasing Grief with Qigong

Qigong is a form of ancient Chinese exercises similar to Tai Chi.  In this workshop, attendees will learn various gentle, slow moving exercises that are coordinated to soft music. These exercises are beneficial to release grief, balance emotions, and improve mindfulness.  Breathing techniques as well as meditation are included in this program.

Rebuilding Energy with Reiki Sessions

Reiki is a Japanese healing technique used for stress reduction, relaxation and the promotion of healing.  Energy depletion is a major component of grief.  When this energy is not replenished, the griever has increased symptoms of fatigue, inability to sleep, poor appetite. The overall benefits of receiving a Reiki session will be explained to include how it will help to reduce stress, improve sleep, and increase energy. Attendees will receive handouts describing the benefits of Reiki based on the Grief Reiki® Healing Program. Sample Reiki sessions will be provided during this program to those who wish to experience this holistic energy modality.


A very important element that those who are grieving are neglecting during bereavement is self-compassion.  In this workshop,  attendees will be guided into understanding and utilizing this much needed component to begin the journey of healing following a loss.  Attendees will be led through meditation and more.

Holistic Grief Healing Strategies

Based on the Grief Reiki® Healing Program by Sharon Skura Ehlers, Reiki Master & Certified Grief Recovery Specialist

This is an interactive, informational, activity and exercise based workshop.   Techniques taught include chakra balancing, stretching and balance exercises, grounding, body relaxation, aromatherapy, breathing techniques, crystals for grief and more.

If you are interested in hosting or sponsoring this event for your organization, please contact me for details:

Kiki: 570-460-8485         kpeppard@ptd.net