At Lakewood, we believe it’s time to take a fresh look into the ways we approach death and remembering.
The Lakewood Experience Series is a series of events and activities that offer a range of experiences connected to life’s most meaningful thresholds. These events are intended to encourage and support personal reflection and creative expression.
Winter Solstice Tea Ceremony and Grief Circle
Saturday, December 21 | 1:30 p.m., 4 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.
Tickets, $35 (space is limited) >
Tea has been used for thousands of years for deep meditation, rites of passage and sacred transitions. Tea, when used in ceremony, has the power to transform. It invites us to connect with nature, with our community and with the deepest parts of our unknown selves.
This meditative Tea Ceremony will be used to facilitate processing of grief, followed by an optional grief circle. Resources will be offered for further grief support and community.
The Living Memory Tree
Many cultures have a tradition of tying pieces of cloth onto special trees to represent a message, blessing or prayer. These Wishing Trees, Peace Trees or Prayer Trees can be found in countries all around the world.
Lakewood’s Living Memory Tree is a new way for you to honor the memory of a loved one and express your sentiments in a creative way.
Ribbons are available in the main office at Lakewood (the first building when you enter the front gates). Learn more about this unique, modern memorial.
Meditation on Embracing Death and Dying
In November, we brought people of all ages together to experience an ancient Eastern meditative practice that connected us to our own mortality while renewing our appreciation for this one precious life — in one of the most beautiful spaces in our city, the Lakewood Memorial Chapel.
Midsummer Memory Mandalas
This past July, we welcomed internationally renowned earth artist Day Schildkret (@morningaltars) to Lakewood to experience the power of nature to express loss, celebrate life and transform grief into beauty at our Midsummer Memory Mandalas event. The event consisted of two parts: A large-scale earth art installation and two hands-on creative workshops. Through both the installation and workshops, Day shared Morning Altars, his 7-step practice of creating impermanent earth altars made from nature. Learn more about this special art installation and workshops.
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