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Grief in our Hands: Interacting with Loss through Art

June 12, 2023 , 6:00pm 7:30pm

art installation
Credit: Brianna L. Hernández

In this interactive workshop, artist and death doula Brianna L. Hernández will share about the role of grief in her creative practice and guide participants to create a work of their own. The evening begins with Brianna discussing ways that art can be an engaging tool for understanding and coming to terms with the inevitable. After, participants will reflect on their own experience with loss by creating memorial artworks through guided prompts, and support from Hernández.

Price: Free. Registration required.

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Whether honoring a loved one or contemplating one’s own life, this workshop will provide space to express grief unique to each participant.

Attendees are encouraged to bring a personal memento related to their grief (images on a phone work just fine!) and to wear comfortable clothing that is okay to get a little messy. Not artistically inclined or you just don’t consider yourself creative? Don’t worry! This workshop is about the process, not the final product. Supplies (paint and canvas) will be provided, but you are encouraged to bring your own sketchbooks, clay, etc.

Brianna L. Hernández is a Chicana artist, curator, educator, and death doula guided by socially engaged practices. In developing as an artist Hernández credits her late mother, Sylvia D. Hernández, as her most significant mentor. In the studio, Hernández focuses on end-of-life care, grieving processes, and mourning rituals based on lived experience, cultural research, and collaborations with peers. As a curator, she works with artists to make socially-charged topics publicly accessible in order to create opportunities for education and empathy. Hernández proudly serves as Director of Curation and Board Secretary of Ma’s House & BIPOC Art Studio on the Shinnecock Indian Reservation, and as Assistant Curator at the Parrish Art Museum.

Free. Registration required. Please consider a donation to the Green-Wood Historic Fund so that we can continue to offer free and low-cost programs throughout the year.


  • COVID-19 Policy: In accordance with New York State and CDC guidance, masks are optional. Attendees must follow ALL instructions and guidance from Cemetery staff and ambassadors.
  • Where to go: Contactless check-in will take place at the Modern Chapel.