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'Walking with Grief' Project


The Walking with Grief Project offers a unique approach to supporting people on their journey of grief after the death of a loved one.  By integrating walking, time outdoors, and experiential, evidence-informed ideas, our intention is to honour the significance and impact of loss while actively engaging with the nurturing qualities of nature - to nurture nature as nature so often nurtures us


The Grief Centre has partnered with Right Foot Forward WA to take bereavement support outdoors. Funded by the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries, this Project provides a wonderful opportunity for our volunteers, staff and community to be a part of bringing this initiative to life in a number of different ways.   


The vision for this Project has been developed over the past 4 years by two deeply passionate and experienced facilitators, Laura Engel and Jocelyn Evans.  The Project is grounded in research, best practice standards, and has grown from one facilitator’s lived experience of loss. Laura, a Social Worker, comes to the Project with both professional and personal experience, and Jocelyn brings a wealth of outdoor expertise having worked in Outdoor Education for over 20 years.


Laura and Jocelyn have joined with interested people from the Grief Centre community to support the 'Walking with Grief' activities through sharing their experience in the outdoors, and of walking with, and supporting, grief.  Our Social Connection Walks and Bereavement Support Hikes are a result of this process and will run from August to December 2022 - see dates below.


ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF TRADITIONAL OWNERSHIP

At every step of the way, the Walking with Grief Project, will take the time to honour the wisdom of the traditional custodians of the Land on which we walk. We acknowledge that the local Aboriginal people of the Whadjuk Noongar clan, know this Land, they understand this Land, and who in their connection with this Land, have so much to teach us. 



As we walk the trails, we will listen and connect with the Land. Together we will touch the ground of the Land.

We will reach for the Sky that covers the Land.

We will touch our Hearts in care of the Land.


Nidja Whadjuk Noongar Boodja 

This is Whadjuk Noongar Country!


SOCIAL CONNECTION WALKS

Being in nature and placing our feet on the Earth is a critical part of our wellbeing. How we walk upon these trails and how we care for our natural world is also a critical part of taking care of our planet. It is this passion for nurturing nature and our belief in the power of connection that has inspired our Social Connection Walks.  The aim of these walks is to be in nature with others who are grieving the death of a loved one, and who may be looking for a way to connect. Grief can be so lonely and isolating, and our hope is that these walks will add meaning and purpose on the grief journey as we seek to integrate our losses in our life. 


Social Connection Walks will take place in the beautiful Azelia Homestead nature reserve at Manning Park on the following days:

  • Wednesday 17th August, 4.30pm - 6.30pm (Enquiries close Tuesday 9th August)
  • Wednesday 12th of October, 4.30pm - 6.30pm (Enquiries close Tuesday 4th October)
  • Wednesday 23rd November, 4.30pm - 6.30pm (Enquiries close Tuesday 15th November)


Every-one is welcome to attend our Social Connection Walks including families.

To attend an RSVPs is necessary - please click here to register your interest.


BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT HIKES

These longer walks will run for 4hrs and include up to 10km of hiking on some uneven terrain. These will take an intentional, mindfulness-based approach and may include some creative and reflective work .  Each hike will be facilitated by members of the Project’s Co-Creation Team including an experienced Mental Health Practitioner, Outdoor Specialist and Grief Centre Volunteers. The aim is to offer a unique approach to bereavement support that integrates hiking on forest trails, some guided navigation, mindfulness practice, and supportive therapy with an intention to acknowledge, honour and celebrate those who have died in a fundamentally active way.


Bereavement Support Hikes will take place at the following locations on these dates:

  • Tuesday 30th August - National Grief Awareness Day - Serpentine National Park, 9am – 1pm (Enquiries close Friday 19th August)
  • Thursday 8th September - RU OK day - Lake Leschenaultia, 9am – 1pm (Enquiries close Monday 29th August)
  • Saturday 17th September - Wungong Regional Park, 8:00am - 12:00pm (Enquiries close Wednesday 7th September)
  • Sat 15th October - Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day - Boranup Forest, 11am – 3pm (Enquiries close Thursday 6th October)
  • Friday 11th November - Remembrance Day - Wungong Regional Park, 5am – 9am (Enquiries close Thursday 3rd November)


To attend an RSVPs is necessary - please click here to register your interest.


Please use the form below to be in touch with Laura Engel our 'Walking with Grief' Project Coordinator.

PLEASE NOTE: Bereavement Support Hikes will be capped at 12 people per hike, Social Connection Walks are capped at 25.

Pending numbers, you are welcome to take part in as many walks and hikes as you wish. 


We look forward to walking in nature with you and your grief.

 

The Walking With Grief Project

If you have questions about the Project and/or the walks and hikes please fill out the form and we will be in touch with you shortly.

Thank you for getting in touch!

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