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Exploring Grief and Legacy Through Art

September 10 @ 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm

Lakewood Cemetery
$10 in advance / $15 at the door
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Join host Nina Guertin for an interactive art-driven workshop to reflect on grief and legacy. This event will include two parts: we will start with a watercolor activity, and then, as our watercolors dry, we will continue with a legacy tree artistic project in the medium of your choice (markers, colored pencils, and crayons will be provided.)

Part 1 – Contemplative Watercolor

Learn how to use watercolor and salt as a way to meditate, relax, and create art that can soothe your spirit – and learn how to create watercolor that can be used in a legacy project of your own or with or for someone else, to soothe grief, to explore grief, to release grief, to be with grief. Watercolors will be provided, or you can bring your own.

Part 2 – Tree of Legacy

Choose from available supplies or bring your favorite medium – colored pencils, pastels, sharpies, pencil, crayons, or chalk. We will use the tree as a metaphor to tell the story about your relationship with someone significant in your life. You are invited to think of a tree and its various parts, each representing something about your relationship with your significant other. Through prompts, you will draw and fill out your tree from roots to fruits. You will be given the exercise so that you can do it again and again, for anyone in your life, living or dead.

What to bring

Materials will be provided by Lakewood but you are welcome to bring your own supplies from home as well.

  • (optional) watercolors or brushes
  • (optional) art materials

About your host

Nina Guertin is a trained End-of-Life / Death Doula, a trained and certified Interfaith Spiritual Director, a certified Grief Support Specialist, an End-of-Life-Doula Mentor, a Ritualist / Celebrant, Aromatherapist, and an Angel Artist / Ceramicist.

Learn @ Lakewood Series

This event is part of the Learn @ Lakewood series. Lakewood is honored to hold space for education and information specifically related to death, grief, urban nature, and art in this new series. Partnering with professionals from many disciplines, we explore ideas, encourage thought-provoking conversations, and exchange fresh perspectives with our community.

Parking and Transportation

Driving Directions

Parking is available on any of the roads inside Lakewood’s gates unless otherwise noted with a no parking sign. Handicap parking will be available near the event. Lakewood does not have an onsite parking lot – it is street parking only. This means you may have to park a short distance away and walk. We strongly encourage carpooling and public transportation.

Bus Directions

Metro Transit lines 6 and 23 stop directly outside of Lakewood’s gates, a short walk to the any of Lakewood’s buildings.

Bike Directions

Please lock bikes at the rack near the main entrance gates and walk to the event. Do not lock bikes to trees or signs, leave bicycles unlocked on the grounds., or leave shared bikes or scooters overnight.


Is there a minimum age requirement to participate?

No, all ages are welcome.

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

No, printed tickets are not required. We will have a guest list at the door.

What's the refund policy?

Refunds can be issued up to 24 hours before the event starts. Request a refund through Eventbrite or by emailing

Do you offer scholarships for deathcare professionals or other spiritualists/healers/ritualists?

At Lakewood, we want death and grief education to be accessible for all. Therefore, we offer up to 10 scholarships for professionals or aspiring professionals in the death and dying field (deathcare, death education, spiritualists, ritualists, and more are encouraged to apply). We reserve 5 scholarships for BIPOC individuals with a practice or interest in this field.

Scholarship recipients will be awarded:

  • 1 ticket to the event at no cost

To apply or learn more about the scholarship, please email

How can I contact the organizer with questions?

We’d love to hear from you! Email us at or call 612-540-5165.


Call the Lakewood events line at 612-540-5165 or email

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