The pain of having to cope with losing a loved one to homicide can sometimes feel unbearable, I oftentimes heard that planting and gardening is a helpful way of healing the pain of losing someone that was close to you. This month, the Grassroots Garden of Western New York and the Wilson Support Center is having their workshop on gardening through grief. This is a two-part workshop and, it will be open to homicide survivors for free via Zoom.

We're bringing the garden to people now. We're giving them plants of their request that reminds them of their loved one. We also make stepping stones together to mark the life of their loved one, and we provide an opportunity to be together in a community to acknowledge our losses and turn to the garden as a place to put our grief.

said, Jeanette Koncikowski, Executive Director of Grassroots Gardens.

The next part of the workshop will be held on March 25 from 6 pm to 8 pm via Zoom, and it will be free with some stipulations. There are more than 100 community and school gardens in Buffalo and Niagra Falls registered with our network in 2021. There are so many people that could benefit from a workshop like this, For more information click here.

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In my opinion, there are many ways to deal with the loss of a loved one, I think this program gives people to opportunity to meet other survivors and learn how other people deal with the same type of pain they may be dealing with.

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