Life is a journey

Maureen Emerling is a Hospice of Warren County Grief Counselor.

Life is a journey. For people who have experienced the loss of a loved one or a pet, there is no familiar road map to guide us along the path of bereavement. The journey can be lonely, painful, overwhelming, and discouraging. There is no clear way to navigate “the waves of painful grief.”

Karen Humphrey, the author of “Counseling Strategies for Loss and Grief,” states, “Grief is defined as an emotion generated by the experience of loss and characterized by sorrow or distress.”

Grief is multidimensional. It impacts a person’s whole being, including our spiritual, cognitive, physical, behavioral and emotional experiences.

Approximately thirty years ago, grief counselors noticed the many physical symptoms of grief: poor sleep, anxiety, muscle stiffness, chest tightness, and fatigue. Grief counselors also noticed symptoms of sadness, loneliness, and depressing thoughts. In response, these counselors turned to the practice of yoga to help grieving clients find a pathway to a “new” life without a loved one.

“Yoga for Grief Relief” was created to help guide individuals in a healing direction. Yoga for Grief Relief facilitates the connection of mind, body, and emotion using deep breathing, physical movement, and restful meditation. Grieving survivors can transition from caring for others to caring for themselves so that they may move forward in life.

Warren County’s Schorman Center started a Yoga for Grief Relief Group in July 2018. The group meets every Thursday from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at First Lutheran Church, 109 W. Third Ave., Warren. Marilyn Eberhart is the Yoga Instructor with over 20 years of experience. Maureen Emerling, licensed social worker, is the group counselor. Participants are required to register by calling The Schorman Center at 723-8060. Yoga for Grief Relief sessions are free of charge to all Warren County residents, but donations are welcome.

Maureen Emerling is a Hospice of Warren County Grief Counselor.