ECO GRIEF SUPPORT
Eco Grief (ecological grief) is a very real reaction to what is happening to our planet: massive loss of plant and animal life, weather disasters and the climate crisis. It is normal to have many emotions arise at this time, including feelings of sadness and grief (denial, fear, anger, despair).
Have you felt anxious, sad, afraid, and even overwhelmed by what is happening with the planet? Not sure what you as an individual can do to help?
Fear of what is yet to come, for us and for Mother Earth?
You are not alone. More people are experiencing these concerns and it's important to talk openly about how we feel and to acknowledge and validate those feelings.
Eco Grief Support sessions will help in supporting you and provide you with a safe nonjudgemental space in which to openly discuss your feelings and concerns. It may also be helpful for you to find a local support group if you are experiencing feelings of ECO grief.
Grief arises out of LOVE and it's natural that we want to protect what we love.
Jean Michel Cousteau has stated, "We now have the scientific knowledge telling us that we are facing the greatest challenge of human history: climate change. The lives of all of us are undeniably linked, and our futures are critically connected. We are the only species that has the privilege to decide to not disappear."
Grief needs a sacred and safe space.
I will provide recommendations of how you can bring back more positive elements into your daily life. This can involve activities that bring you closer to Nature and promote a feeling of connectedness to the earth. Being deeply connected to Nature is necessary for one's mental, physical and spiritual wellbeing. Staying connected to what we love- the forests, oceans and beaches- can help inspire us to want to PROTECT those places. Mother Nature will be the guide: the forests, ocean and beaches are the therapists.
Eco-theologian Thomas Berry wrote in his book, The Dream of the Earth: “Our challenge is to create a new language, even a new sense of what it is to be human. It is to transcend not only national limitations, but even our species isolation, to enter into the larger community of living species. This brings about a completely new sense of reality and value.” “The Earth will not be ignored, nor will it long endure being despised, neglected or mistreated.” We will change, or we will be changed. ... But in the meantime, there is work we can do."
“One thing is clear to me: any deep change is not going to come from intellectuals like me writing books or articles about why we need new stories. If that were going to save the world, the world would be fine by now. Deep change is going to come, just as it did in the last Axial Age, through a radical alteration in people’s lived experience. And that is only going to come from a crisis that forces people up against the consequences of what we have done. It is going to come when economies start collapsing, when political systems crumble, when cities flood, when seas rise, when people are hungry or dying. New stories emerge from collapses that kill off the old ones. We can talk all we like, but until there is a world-changing shift, until our comforts really begin to slide away, we will have no incentive to change anything at all. And anyway, nobody will be listening.” Paul Kingsnorth, Cumbria, England.