Grief Work

Type of Method

• Psychology - Psychotherapy - Counseling
• Nature Connection Practices
• Movement - Somatics - Embodied Practices
• Meditation - Spiritual Guidance
• Energy Work - Energy Healing
• Coaching - Transformation - Philosophy

Suitable for

• Self-Guided
• Parent / teacher / child care provider
• One to one, personal
• Groups, teams and organisations


Collapse awareness often provokes grief. Collapse grief is an aspect of our relationship with loss, change and death, and it can show up in many ways; for the loss of meaning, purpose and world-view, the loss of the future we expected to have, the loss of human and animal lives and species, for the damage being done to the earth and its living system, and so on. Grief is deeply personal, but it is also trans-personal – being shared and experienced by many people at this time. 

Collapse awareness frequently has a negative impact on the nervous system. Climate psychologists have suggested that it is avoidance of death and grief and the difficult feelings evoked, that is an underlying contributor to the wide scale ignorance and inaction regarding our global predicament.  Grief work in its many forms can increase our capacity to feel, live with, manage, process and regulate unpleasant feelings associated with death loss and uncertainty so that it they are no longer avoided, and so that they do not become debilitating or overwhelming. Grief work can help us embody the realities of collapse, and so act proportionately and appropriately. 

Some guides will work with grief in a therapeutic framework, some hold grief as a right of passage or an initiation through darkness into a new way of being. Some guides will help explore grief as a source of wisdom and enlivening motivation for positive action and change. 

Grief work can be the main focus of private one to one coaching or therapy, or part of a broader adaptation process, or it can be facilitated in groups where it is the main focus. Examples of group work are  ‘Death Cafes’ to talk about death, Grief Circles to share feeling and insight, or unique ceremonies and rituals which can be cathartic and transformative. Many people receive great comfort and insight from sharing grief with others. 

Any guide who has grief work as part of their offering should have a short description of how they hold and work with grief on their profile. They will also be willing to answer and questions you have as to how it might work for you to ensure that will be a good match for your needs, worldview and expectations. 

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Guides using this Method

Claudia Junker

Learning & Development expert, Systemic consultant, Coach

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Karen Ann Scott

Nature-based Coach and Facilitator

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Inna Alex

WTR Facilitator, Permaculture educator, Yoga teacher, MSc Env Management

I have been teaching workshops & retreats in the Work That Reconnects (WTR) in New Zealand & …

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Gail Davidson

Community grief tending ritual facilitator

I facilitate community grief tending rituals in Brighton and beyond. In community, we find we’re not …

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Silvia Di Blasio

My name is Silvia Di Blasio. While I trained as a special needs’ teacher, I have worked with youth a …

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