Environmental Trauma and Grief

Initial Publication Date: October 11, 2012
Marie Eaton, Fairhaven College, Western Washington University.


Strong emotions of grief often are raised in our classrooms as we and our students negotiate the dual strands of the despair and hope that are part of teaching and learning about Earth devastation. This essay explores the dimensions of environmental grief and trauma, the intersections and differences between this kind of grief and our more commonly understood kinds of bereavement, and draws on the significant work that has been done around how to manage grief in the arena of death and dying.


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