The program has been created for anyone who has experienced the death or loss (abduction or adoption breakdown as examples of non-death losses) of their infant or child at any age.
(Please click the programs page in the menu above for other loss support programs including infertility and baby loss.)
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.
You'll receive access to the online monthly workshop space, as well as the community where you can discuss the topics and connect with others.
Because our hearts can be so tender when we are dealing with these devastating losses, you can choose which community you wish to join - there is a group for people who do have living children and one for those who do not.
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.
With each new topic we go through the content for three weeks and then take a break for a week to rest and let everything settle.
There are twelve monthly modules, so you can choose to go through the entire program for a full year of support, or to 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 infant and child loss, including some of the 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 living with loss, and encouragement as you feel your way through, learning what works for you.
Space to remember and honour your beloved child or children and everything you have been through and are going through, while exploring how to be present with the sacred space in your heart where all that love resides.
Weekly exercises, worksheets and prompts to explore your own ways of coping, 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.
An exploration of your own circles of support and suggestions on ways to create and access community, looking at why some peoples' reactions are not what you may have expected and how to cope with that.
Ways of figuring out what you might need 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 explore 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 site is held in a private and moderated group space, allowing you to take a break from your social media feeds. Here you can introduce yourself, check in, discuss the program content and how you are doing or ask questions.
In the group you have the option of participating under a different name if you would like to remain anonymous, and you can join in on discussions or just read through the material at your own pace.
The community groups are a part of the main Mothering Your Heart community but with the smaller groups you have the privacy of sharing similar experiences without feeling overwhelmed. You also have the option of joining a group where other members do not have living children, if you are dealing with childlessness after loss and this is a sensitive topic for you.
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 the community space and will still receive the same content for a private and more personal experience if that is your preference, and you can change your mind at any time.
You'll find the monthly topics below and a break down of what we cover in each module. We spend three weeks the material then take a week to rest and process before the next module begins.
- 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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