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Using the features of the site

Before visiting for the first time, you may wish to know about the following features of the Place of Reflection, which are designed to support the healing process.

The walking paths

People suffering loss and grief are travelling along a pathway, at the end of which they will hopefully find greater peace, understanding and hope for the future. When walking along the winding pathways of the Place of Reflection, it can be useful to think about this journey, and the fact that it has been travelled by many other people before you.

There is also a growing interest in the benefits of walking meditation for people overcoming illness or trauma. Walking meditation is mindful, slow walking with focused attention on body sensations and/or breathing that many people find helpful in stilling the mind and calming the emotions. You may want to try this focused walking while you are visiting the Place of Reflection.

Words of inspiration

The pathways and wooden seating at the Place of Reflection are inscribed with words and phrases relating to the healing journey: hope, renewal, forgiveness, compassion, you are not alone, among many others. It is suggested you select one or more of these words and consider them in relation to your own circumstances as you walk along the pathways. They might help to give greater focus and meaning to your time at the Place of Reflection.

Places for contemplation

There is wooden decking and seating located around the pathways, designed for people to sit or stand and take in the stunning vistas beyond the Place of Reflection: the river, the city skyline and the distant hills. In these protected spaces, you will be aware of not only the sounds of nature, but the low rumble of cars and boats and the soft hum of a city going about its business. This can be a comforting reminder that, while you might feel alone in your grief right now, you are still connected to the life that continues all around you.

The following organisations worked together to bring the Place of Reflection vision to life:

Association for Services to Torture and Trauma Survivors (ASeTTS); Healing Hearts Foundation (founded by the Rotary Club of Heirisson); Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) and Kids WA; The Compassionate Friends WA; Soroptimist International of South Perth; Lotterywest; Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority; and Friends of Kings Park.