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Frank Ostaseski

Grief and the Healing Power of Love and Compassion

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What You'll Learn

  • Hear practical tips for holding the complex layers of grief that so many of us are experiencing at this time, especially for those on the frontlines

  • Understand why grief is a physical experience and learn how to tend to it through the body rather than through thoughts and words alone

  • Follow along in a guided practice to connect with the transformational power of love and compassion, and become more intimate with all of your experience

About Frank Ostaseski

Frank Ostaseski is an internationally respected Buddhist teacher and visionary cofounder of the Zen Hospice Project, and founder of the Metta Institute. He has lectured at Harvard Medical School, the Mayo Clinic, numerous national and international hospice and palliative care conferences, Google Headquarters and other corporate settings. He also teaches at major spiritual centers around the globe. Frank is the 2018 recipient of the prestigious Humanities Award from the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine. His groundbreaking work has been featured on the Bill Moyers PBS series On Our Own Terms, highlighted on The Oprah Winfrey Show, and honored by H.H. the Dalai Lama. He is the author of The Five Invitations: Discovering What Death Can Teach Us About Living Fully.

About Rheanna Hoffmann, RN, BSN

Rheanna Hoffmann, RN, BSN, NC, is an emergency nurse, coach, and meditation guide. She is the Founder of The Whole Practitioner, a coaching business designed to help medical practitioners access and transmute their underlying causes of stress. In April - May, 2020, she traveled to NY to support a Brooklyn hospital in need during the peak of the COVID-19 crisis. On the frontlines, she saw the toll that the virus ravaged on her patients' physiology, her co-workers' mental health, and on the social structures of the city itself. Previously she has worked in emergency, oncology, hospice, and Indigenous medicine, and on death row. She is trained in somatic and wilderness therapy, and is a certified auricular acupuncture specialist. She aspires to create environments where medical practitioners and students discover how their personality, values, and hidden gifts can align with their work.

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18 Comments

  1. Maria del Carmen Moyers-Ruiz October 5, 2020 at 10:19 pm

    Me tocó el corazón, hermoso. Muchas gracias

  2. Rick Barber October 5, 2020 at 7:19 pm

    Wow!! Such a Powerful Presentation; it almost felt like a Mindful Therapy Session with such compassion!
    It made me think of my 1st Therapist and how we connected and bonded in my very 1st Session!
    What a Mindful & Loving perspective!
    Thank you, Leanne & Frank!!

  3. SUSAN DVEIRIN October 5, 2020 at 1:10 pm

    Ive been a nurse for 40 years, and this life blood of compassion for ourselves, to sustain our own hearts

    and souls, is the only way we can be healthy and alive. The years I was in these brutal institutions, I never heard the

    word….Compassion…..Indeed….its a New World now, and not a second too late, for we are desperately reaching for

    each others hands and our own lives. Frank….a glowing lantern to light our way…..Thank you for your powerful

    presence……..your Heart and Tenderness.

  4. Nino October 5, 2020 at 7:38 am

    I just discovered this amazing person – Frank… I am so grateful I listened to you. Thank you for your beautiful, healing talk. <3 thank you <3

  5. Leila Maybodi October 5, 2020 at 2:04 am

    This was such a gift. Thank you. What an intimate & luminous presence, time and space and this computer connection melted away as if I had long known you. Namaste.

  6. Leila October 5, 2020 at 1:37 am

    This was such a gift. Thank you. Such a luminous and intimate presence, I honestly felt like he was sitting in front of me and that I had known him for years and this time and space and computer melted away between us. Still feel warm and settled. Needed that bit of extra help processing grief. Namaste.

  7. Kanchi October 4, 2020 at 8:32 pm

    Pause, relax open, allow. Heart speaking to heart. This was a conversation that reached my soul. So much to unpack in those simple yet powerful words. Thank you! Thank you!

  8. Judy October 4, 2020 at 5:06 pm

    Thank you for this insightful look into grief. It resonated deeply with my life experience. Beautiful guided meditation. Such a pleasure to have a new resource of knowledge to lean on. Will be reading more of your work as I begin my volunteer work in hospice.

  9. EM BIRI October 4, 2020 at 10:04 am

    Thank You. I found this very moving and helpful. I myself have recently walked through hospice with my parents and was with them as they took their last breath. Shortly after their deaths, my twin sister died suddenly and unexpectedly. Everyday I meet grief and try to learn from it. Your reflection and guided practice was both comforting and enlightening.

  10. Yubaraj Adhikari October 4, 2020 at 8:39 am

    Simply the best, your views are coming directly from your heart and mind, such profound and pristine wisdom. WoW – lots of gratitude and best regards dear Dr. Ostaseski.

    • Markus Meyer October 5, 2020 at 12:14 pm

      Wonderful. “To allow” is there for other potentially negative feelings as well. I am so thankful for the wisdom Frank shared, which could have not done better. So thankful for the simple access one has to transformation, that is so openly shared. I wish so many more people could share and benefit from this guidance and universal way of allowing transformation. What would the world be then?

  11. Yubaraj Adhikari October 4, 2020 at 8:36 am

    Simply the best, your views are coming directly from your heart and mind, such a proudness and pristine wisdom. WoW – lots of gratitude and best regards dear Dr. Ostaseski.

  12. Johanna October 4, 2020 at 6:27 am

    Thank you for this very touching conversation and practice!

  13. Jacqui Brooks October 4, 2020 at 5:07 am

    Delightful and informative. One part of this talk that really resonated with me was when he spoke of the secret gratitude of cancer patients in being able to find the space to say NO. I can relate to a specific cancer patient I was counselling who spoke of just this. Suddenly, with the diagnosis, the strength to say NO came. The ‘people pleasing’ behaviours fell away and became not important.
    However as she healed from the cancer, and remission grew longer the ability to say NO diminished. I didn’t know mindfulness practices back then when I worked with her and so was unable to guide her back to that. I’m thinking, having listened to this talk that maybe I now can. This has also prompted me to go back and read the five invitations which I read a long time ago and sadly do not recall. Thank you Frank and namaste.

  14. Isar B. Wadhwa October 4, 2020 at 1:10 am

    Thank you Drs. Hoffmann and Ostaseski. Powerful yet gentle conversation. My first exposure to Dr. Ostaseski and an insightful five ways of looking at grief (three techniques he used + two invitations), and more

  15. Elzbieta October 3, 2020 at 7:59 pm

    Thank you for this presentation and the very special practice.

  16. Mayu Gonzalez October 3, 2020 at 7:55 pm

    Beautiful! I feel overwhelmed by this gift How to say Thank you to this sacred moment?
    May you keep giving love for a long time.
    Namaste

  17. Jean Ellis-Sankari October 3, 2020 at 7:20 pm

    Very lovely. Thank you.

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