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 over an 8-week period at designated times of the year. Flexibility is also provided for each session, as families can sign up for any number of sessions within the given time period. Each walk is limited to 14 people. Families will gather at the Broadway entrance of Cave Hill Cemetery.

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Book Club

Book Club Program

Families are invited to join us for our book club. During each session, we will conduct a focused reading revolving around a short book or series of articles on a grief related topic. Books or articles will be provided. We will gather at Cave Hill Cemetery or another location for this opportunity. This is a 3-week session. Each book club gathering is limited to 20 people.

 

Dates:

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

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Community Lectures

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.

Our April program will start within the Broadway gate offices of Cave Hill Cemetery, 701 Baxter Avenue. This is a free program that is open to the entire family.

Date: April 26, 2020

 

  • 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. 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
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Holiday Remembrance Program

Holiday Remembrance Program

December 1, 2020

Registration Begins: 5:30 p.m.

Program Begins: 6:30 p.m.

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. Please share a photo and word about your relative for us to include in our memorial program. We will gather at the Episcopal Church of the Advent for this occasion, located at 901 Baxter Avenue, Louisville, KY 40204. Parking will be available just inside the Broadway entrance of Cave Hill Cemetery.

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