Noted Annapolis counselor shares importance of playing outside to help grieving children

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Dr. Cheryl Fisher presents her lecture, “Beyond the Woods: Childhood Grief, Spirituality and Nature Therapy,” to 87 professionals, including social workers, therapists and counselors.

Lecture-goers were invited to share memories of touching heaven when swinging and making mud pies in an interactive presentation focused on the wellbeing of children during “Beyond the Woods: Childhood Grief, Spirituality and Nature Therapy,” the 13th annual Emily Schindler Memorial Lecture.

Nearly 90 people, many of whom are clinical professionals, attended the lecture hosted by Chesapeake Life Center and held May 2 at Johns Hopkins Asthma & Allergy Center in Baltimore. The featured speaker, Dr. Cheryl Fisher of Annapolis, is a licensed clinical professional counselor, national certified counselor and counselor-educator with 30 years of clinical and educational experience with individuals, families and children.  Sharing moments from case studies as well as with her own grandchild, she explored how children experience loss at different stages in development and how a mindful approach to time spent in nature can promote healing and overall wellness.

The lecture was created in 2005 through a gift to the Schindler family from the Saint Agnes Cancer Center. Emily Schindler was an 18-year-old freshman at Frostburg State University and a member of the SPY swim team in Severna Park, Maryland, when she was tragically killed in a car accident in 2004.

A program service of Hospice of the Chesapeake, Chesapeake Life Center serves hospice family members and the community with bereavement services and activities aimed at enhancing the quality of life for those grieving the loss of a loved one. For details, visit


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