Walking Through Grief

Program Description:

Walking through Grief, a service of the Cave Hill Heritage Foundation, is a comprehensive series of programs designed to serve families that have recently experienced a loss. By gathering together in a communal setting, families can start the process of navigating through grief by participating in one of our Grief Walks, Book Club, Community Lectures and or Holiday Remembrance Program. This is a complimentary community service.

About the Facilitator:

Melanie Salsbury facilitates the Walking through Grief program on behalf of the Cave Hill Heritage Foundation. Melanie is a Certified Social Worker and Certified Thanatologist with prior experience at several local organizations devoted to serving families that are journeying through the grieving process. She is also a licensed Nursing Home Administrator, and has received numerous service awards throughout her professional career. Melanie has family interred in Cave Hill Cemetery.

Grief Walk

Grief Walk

Families are invited to join us for a meditative walk through Cave Hill Cemetery. This program is designed to be a non-aerobic, 90-minute stroll through the Cemetery to take in the scenic beauty of the grounds. Several stops will be made for reflection and meditation. Each session is available for families at designated times of the year. Walks are limited to 12 people. Families will gather at the Broadway entrance of Cave Hill Cemetery.

Masks and social distancing are required.

Date: October 9, 2021 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.


Community Lectures and Presentations

Community Lectures Program

Several times per year, the community is invited to join us for our lecture series. Speakers will range from professionals with backgrounds in grief therapy, resiliency, meditation, or other specialty areas.

Forest Bathing Workshop- Each workshop is limited to 12 people.
Sunday, May 16, 2021 9:45 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Thursday, May 20, 2021 5:45 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Facilitator: Jordan Dye, MSW

The best remedy for those who are afraid, lonely, or unhappy is to go outside . . . . . I firmly believe that nature brings solace in all troubles.
– Anne Frank, The Diary of Anne Frank

Forest Bathing or Shinrin-Yoku originated in Japan and has its roots in our natural connection with nature. In Forest Bathing a guide offers “invitations” for tuning in to the forest atmosphere through a series of experiential exercises such as “Sensory Experiencing” in which one notices aspects of nature, like birdsong, the texture of moss and the latticed pattern of tree branches. It’s pretty simple. And yet research indicates that only two hours of Forest Bathing can decrease stress levels and improve concentration, memory and sleep.

Forest Bathing at Cave Hill Cemetery will include a 1.5 mile walk along an accessible paved path that meanders through rolling hills and trees, some that are 170 years old. Followed by tea. Please let us know in advance of desire for accommodations. As weather is unpredictable, please dress in layers and bring a knapsack or small backpack with water and rain gear. And most of all, come ready to relax in nature.

About the Facilitator:

Jordan Dye, MSW, is a certified social worker who leads nature connection and Mindfulness programs. Her 20-year meditation practice parallels her exploration of nature, which began in the US and extends into South America and Southern Africa. Through Forest Bathing, meditation and other healthy lifestyle choices, she is discovering a more peaceful, creative and engaged way of living

Grief, Loss & Gardening- Limited to 12 people
Bring your garden gloves & join us in the dirt!
Saturday May 22

In this informative and interactive experience, participants will learn about the restorative benefits of nature and gardening. Guests will take home a completed container garden and books by Sue Stuart-Smith and Alan Wolfelt.

The Well-Gardened Mind: The Restorative Power of Nature by Sue Stuart-Smith
Nature Heals: Reconciling Your Grief Through Engaging with the Natural World by Alan Wolfelt

“Everything that slows us down and forces patience, everything that sets us back into the slow circles of nature, is a help. Gardening is an instrument of grace.”
May Sarton, American poet (1912 –1995)

“With gardening, there is always next year. There is always hope.”
Sarah Wint, author

“To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow”
Audrey Hepburn.

Virtual Grief Support Group
Managing the loss of a spouse or significant other.
Six-week session begins Tuesday, April 27, 2021

In cooperation with Baptist Health, please join us for an informative and hopeful experience. Participants will have the opportunity to meet others who have experienced loss, gain support, and learn about coping with grief.

This virtual group will meet by Zoom for 6 consecutive Tuesdays from 1-2:30 pm. Registration is required.

To register, call Melanie Salsbury, CSW, CT at 502.721.6009

No upcoming dates scheduled at this time, please check back.


Virtual Holiday Remembrance Program

Holiday Remembrance Program

December 7, 2021

The holidays can be one of the most difficult times for families after experiencing a loss. Join Cave Hill Cemetery as we celebrate the life of your loved one during this very special occasion, which will feature live music and opportunities to share your memories. This year, we will remember every family that has been served by Cave Hill Cemetery from October 2020 through October 2021. Our program will be virtual and accessible via Zoom link. However, you must register by December 3, 2021 to receive the link.

You are also invited to visit the Cave Hill Cemetery Administrative Office, where you will find your friend's or relative's name on decorative holiday trees on the porch beginning December 7th. All families served by Cave Hill Cemetery from October 2020 through October 2021 will have an individual ornament on trees provided. When you find your friend's or relative's name, you are encouraged to write a note on the back of the ornament and place it back on the tree. Or, you can also leave a message on their memorial page within our burial database.

If you upload a photo or memory as you register for the Zoom link, our team will upload this information automatically to your friend's or relative's memorial page. Please contact Alex Luken via email if you have difficulty or need assistance