Healing in Nature: Bereavement Network

Founded in 2017

Healing in Nature: Bereavement Network (HNBN) is a non-for-profit project that provides grief support using nature as a catalyst. Our aim is to launch walking groups for youth and young adults, including newcomers and refugees in the community who are grieving.

HNBN will promote nature-based activities to encourage connectedness between individuals, their experiences, and their loss. Members will participate in group walks in local hiking trails and conservation areas in the Greater Toronto Area.

HNBN is funded by Mountain Equipment Co-op Outdoor Nation.

Our Mission

To provide bereavement support through nature and create a positive experience in healing that fosters resilience in individuals and communities.

To destigmatize grief in youth and young adults, including newcomers and refugees.

To build a volunteer base by developing support tools.

To educate community members on social grief support and collaborate with community networks.

To promote mental health and physical literacy.

Our Founders

Team Member

Paula Tablon


Paula completed her Honours BA in Psychology at York University. Paula is currently working as the Research Coordinator for the Chair in Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Treatment and Care Research. As part of Dr. Jonathan Weiss’ research team, she is involved with the coordination, development, and evaluation of intervention programs for individuals with ASD and their families. Outside of her work in ASD research, Paula is interested in palliative and bereavement research. In 2015, Paula started volunteering with the Hazel Burns Hospice as a Client Volunteer and most recently, a Bereavement Support Group Co-Facilitator. Through these experiences, she intends to continue her work and passion for bereavement and pursue graduate training in Clinical Psychology.

Team Member

Michael Modica


Michael completed his Honours BAHSc in Athletic Therapy at Sheridan College. Michael has had the opportunity to work for the Toronto Argonauts, Ontario Deaf Hockey, Ryerson University and many more. Through these positions Michael has developed a strong interest in concussion assessment, management and research and is now helping lead his team at Canadian Active Rehabilitation Centre to provide the most up to date and relevant assessment and treatment protocols for its patients. Outside of Athletic Therapy, Michael is a nationwide advocate for physical activity, leadership, and youth mentorship. Through the help from ParticipACTION and Motivate Canada, Michael created, led and delivered physical literacy content at multiple provincial conferences.

News & Events

Latest News

Naturally Mindful

6-Week mindfulness course offered at Kortright Conservation Centre and led by Dr. Ameeta Dudani and Natalie Swaak.

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MEC Outdoor Nation Think Outside Summit 2017 - Toronto

The beginning of HNBN.

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Upcoming Events

Mar 2018
HNBN Info Night

Join us to learn more about Healing in Nature: Bereavement Network.

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Apr 2018
10-week Pilot Walking Group Program

Join us as we explore nature while building your support network.

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Jul 2018
Pilot Program Follow-Up

April 2018 Pilot Group are invited to join us on our first follow-up meeting.

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Sponsors and Partners


Have any inquiries about HNBN? Reach us on our Facebook and Twitter using the links below, or reach us by email at info@bereavementnetwork.ca.

To join the pilot group, click here: Pilot Group Registration

To become a volunteer, click here: Volunteer Registration