Seasons of Grief: Autumn in the Labyrinth

Seasons of Grief: Autumn in the Labyrinth


Oct 01 2023


12:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Join us for an autumn afternoon of reflection and remembering our beloved loved ones at the COPE labyrinth. Facilitated by Charlene Ray, we will spend time learning and observing how nature both reflects and supports us in our grief. You will be invited to journal, listen to poems of love and loss, and walk the labyrinth in contemplation. There will be opportunities to share with others if you choose, but this day is for you and your grief, a safe and sacred place to be present with your feelings, holding your loved one close in your heart.

After the workshop, you are invited to participate in the planting of a healing herb garden. Each herb will be a support in times of grief and loss. You will be invited to reflect on your loss in a ritual ceremony as we plant.

Register to join us on our Eventbrite Page

Supplies to Bring:

Bring blanket, towel, yoga mat, or lawn chair to sit
Bring garden gloves and/or trowel
Bring water bottle
Bring journal to write for reflection
Comfortable clothes and shoes

About Charlene:

Charlene Ray, MSW is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker and has been in practice as a therapist, grief guide, and workshop facilitator for 35 years. She works for Forefront Suicide Prevention as a coach and trainer. Charlene studied mindful self-compassion, nature-based therapies, rites of passage, suicide prevention, grief and loss therapy, and blends all of the traditions and techniques, with her intuitive work, to create an individualized and powerful experience for each client and program she facilitates.

Charlene teaches mindfulness in the school, K-6, and facilitates Mindful Self-Compassion for the Bereaved.

Charlene has led programs for school districts and organizations on various mental health topics and is a frequent speaker at Sno-Isle Library Issues that Matter events. She presented a 2020 TEDx talk on Seeing Grief in a New Light.


Date: October 1, 12-2:30 PM (Workshop will be held from 12-1:30)

Location: Eisenhower Park, East Meadow, NY – Field 6A behind the Lannin Carriage House


Follow the signs for the Lannin House, or Field 6A which is across the parking lot (#6) from the Harry Chapin Lakeside Theater. You will see a large stone building with a small parking lot in front of it. The COPE Labyrinth is located behind the building.

The address for Eisenhower Park if you are using a navigation system is:

Eisenhower Park,1899 Hempstead Tpke East Meadow, NY 11554

Note: There are brick restrooms between the Lannin House and Pool, and there are restrooms at the top of the hill at Lakeside Theatre.