The program has been created for anyone who has experienced loss in early pregnancy such as baby loss, miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy, molar pregnancy, blighted ovum, chemical pregnancy and other complications.
(Please click the programs page in the menu above for programs supporting baby loss in later pregnancy, during labour or birth or the death of a baby in infancy or childhood, as well as programs supporting losses related to infertility)
This program offers a compassionate space in which to explore what you are going through, how your experience has impacted your life, and what you might need to keep going.
The program is made up of two components - the online monthly workshop space, and the community component where you can discuss the topics and connect with others.
We offer two versions of this program and you can choose which one you prefer to join, one for members without living children and one for members who do have living children.
Each week you will receive self care worksheets, journal prompts and guided activities that support you as you explore how you are doing, what is most helpful (and what is not).
The content has been created to support a private, nurturing, empathetic and no-pressure experience.
You can work through the material whenever you have time, at your own pace. Come back and step away as often as you need to.
Every four weeks we take a break from the material to rest and let everything settle.
There are twelve monthly modules so you can choose to go through the full program for a full year of support, or just check out one or two modules and see how it works for you.
You are always welcome to stay for as long or as short a time as you like.
An overview of the unique experiences of baby loss and loss in early pregnancy, including physical and emotional effects that you might experience and how to access support for yourself (even if it has been years since your loss).
Support as you begin to figure out how to 'do' this thing called grief, and encouragement as you feel your way through, learning what works for you.
Space to remember and honour your beloved or dreamed-for child(ren) and explore how to be present with the sacred space where they reside in your heart.
Weekly exercises, worksheets and prompts to explore your own ways of grieving, your relationships, feelings and emotions, your story and where you are at now, and when you are ready the direction that you might like for your life to take over time.
Encouragement to include self-compassion and mindfulness in your life, and a whole lot of self-care ideas and suggestions.
Explore your own circles of support and learn ways to create and access community after your loss, looking at why some peoples' reactions are not what you may have expected and how to cope with that.
What you might need and how to begin to figure that out in terms of support and connection, and how this might be different from your 'before-loss' life.
Throughout the program you will be supported to gradually identify what is and isn't working for you, creating a toolbox that you that you will continue to add to, to help with the harder days.
The community is held within the program site in the form of a moderated discussion space and allows for people to introduce themselves, check in and discuss the program content and how they are doing, with the option of participating anonymously as well if that is your preference. You can change your mind at any time.
To provide a more contained space, the program is not hosted through any social media sites.
There is no need to have a Facebook or other social media account to participate - this can be a welcome break from the potential triggers in our everyday news feeds.
Members may of course choose to continue the connections made within the program space through their social networks.
Participation is always optional, depending on how you are feeling and how much interaction you are up to. You can go through the program without joining in on the discussion and will receive all of the same content.
You have the opportunity to connect with the community component once you have signed up and logged into your account - join in at the beginning, later or not at all, whatever works for you - there is never any pressure to participate.
Scroll down through the list of topics to see what is covered each month. A new topic is introduced every four weeks so with twelve modules available you can stay for the full year of content and support or you can step away at any time.
- First Aid for Your Heart
- Creating Space
- Slowing Down
- Physical Effects of Grief
- Emotional Effects of Grief
- Feeling Out of Sync
- Taking Stock
- Basic Needs
- Increasing Support
- Creating Your Toolbox
- What Helps: Before vs Now
- Carrying It With You
- Your Story Part I
- Your Story Part II
- Checking In
- Spirals of Grief
- When the World Won't Stop
- Your Toolbox Part II
- Evolving Grief
- Let Nature do the Work
- Branching Out
- Moments of Peace
- Being Present
- Inviting Light
- No Timeline
- Finding Balance
- A Special Retreat
- Mothering Your Heart
"I could feel how much heart and soul Shannon poured into the material and the program development. I felt supported and I felt I could rest in the space she created."
"I think that's the beauty of this workshop. It's effortless in a way. We are guided through the journey of self-learning. I'm not sure I would have had the strength to do this alone."
"The program teaches self-care and various techniques and approaches to being 'gentle' with yourself and your heart. The world is a crazy place but the MYH community is a safe place to nurture your heart."
"It was a beautiful private journey but I felt so held by Shannon and the community. I would feel so comfortable suggesting this for other mothers with broken hearts."
"I loved this workshop. It was a wonderful opportunity for reflection and mindfulness."
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