The Seasons of Grief: Finding Support with Nature

A free grief & healing workshop with Charlene Ray MSW, LICSW

Presented in partnership with Pinelawn Memorial Park and Arboretum

Description: This workshop is an introduction to working with the journey through grief using the seasons of the year and the lessons we can learn from the natural world. We will travel through the four seasons to explore the gifts of nature and the elements (earth, air, fire, and water). Each season will offer insight and inspiration.

We will explore:

Spring- East- Nurturing Spirit. Using the element of Air and the season of Spring we will explore breath-work and what it means to listen to nature and to ourselves in a deeper way. We will discuss how grief shapes the way we look at the world.

Summer-South- Nurturing Body. Using the element of Fire and the season of Summer we will explore movement and nurturing our bodies. We will reflect on ways our body responds to distress and learn tools for releasing tension from the body.

Autumn- West- Nurturing Balance. Using the element of Water and the season of Autumn we will discover ways of being present to our emotions and releasing and letting go of stuck emotions and patterns. We will practice self-compassion and care of the heart as we explore the ways grief has touched our lives.

Winter-North- Earth. Nurturing Wisdom. Using the element of Earth and the season of Winter we will discover ways of nourishing the mind through mindfulness and meditation. You will be invited to practice bringing grief into nature for healing.

Attendee Materials Needed: Journal and a writing utensil

Register for free on Pinelawn’s Eventbrite Page

More about our Presenter: Charlene Ray, MSW is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker practicing as a therapist, mentor, and workshop facilitator for 37 years. She also works for Forefront Suicide Prevention as a master training specialist. Charlene studied mindful self-compassion, nature-based therapies, rites of passage, suicide prevention, grief and loss therapy, poetry therapy, therapeutic storytelling and guided imagery, 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 presented a 2020 TEDx talk on Seeing Grief in a New Light.

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**Upon registration, you will be sent a confirmation email. To access the online workshop, it is important to use the Eventbrite reminder emails (one will be sent the day of the event) and log into your Eventbrite account to access the online workshop. Although we use the Zoom platform, Eventbrite emails will grant you access to the Zoom meeting. You will not be sent a Zoom link.**

For questions, contact Kristyn Hovanec, Director of Community Outreach, at or 631.249.6100 x115.


Disclaimer: The information shared in this program is not intended to act as a substitute for any legal and mental health advice concerning individual situations; neither Pinelawn Memorial Park or COPE, its Board of Directors, staff and personnel shall be responsible for any outcomes arising from any information or exercises provided in this program.

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