Frequently Asked Questions
What is Good Grief Network?
What is eco-grief or eco-anxiety?
Ecological grief is the feeling of emotional and psychological loss suffered as a result of losses in the natural world.
Does GGN help people who are grieving a personal loss?
Good Grief Network helps people who feel eco-grief about the state of the world; our support groups do not focus on processsing the acute grief that results from a personal loss.
If you've found our page while searching for support in grieving the loss of a loved one, we are so sorry to hear that you are struggling. Each member of our team has experienced devastating loss, and we remember how painful this stage of processing can feel.
I'm unfamiliar with some of the terms you use on this website. Can you help me understand?
Thanks for asking. We think it can sometimes feel challenging to embrace new terminology, and want to thank you for being open to exploring new ways of communicating. We believe that language can be used as a weapon or a bridge, and as an organization, we strive to use clear, inclusive, and accessible language that fosters connection and creates openings in conversation.
When is your next 10-Step program?
Currently, all of our digital 10-Step meetings are full.
Do you run 10-Step programs for kids?
Good Grief Network does not currently run a 10-Step program for kids, though it is a crucial component of our long-term vision.
Are GGN's facilitators therapists?
None of our current facilitators are therapists.
Climate Psychology Alliance (UK)
Climate Psychology Alliance (US
Climate Psychiatry Alliance (US)
Psychologists for a Safe Climate (Australia)
Is my gift tax-deductible?
Yes! Your donations are tax-deductible in the United States. Good Grief Network operates under the fiscal sponsorship of Fertile Ground Institute, a federally-registered 501(c)(3) working for ecological and social justice.
How can I support your work?
Thanks for believing in us! There are many ways that you can support GGN's work.
What are the 10-Steps?
The "10-Steps" refers to Good Grief Network's unique Step program: 10-Steps to Personal Resilience & Empowerment in a Chaotic Climate.
GGN Glossary of Terms
A NOTE OF THANKS: We think it can sometimes feel challenging to embrace new terminology, and want to thank you for being open to exploring new ways of communicating. We believe that language can be used as a weapon or a bridge, and as an organization, we strive to use clear and inclusive language that recognizes cultural differences, fosters connection, and creates openings in conversation.
We recognize that the terms we use won't be clear to people who have never heard them before. For that reason, we've put together this Glossary of Terms to help explain what we mean when we use certain terms in our materials. This glossary is an evolving and collaborative work in progress and is not perfect. Please bear with us as we, too, examine the nuances of language and learn to communicate in new ways.
Decolonial: A theoretical framework that is interested in deconstructing/undoing/de-linking Eurocentric ways of understanding the world.
Decolonize: The practice of deconstructing Eurocentric ways of understanding the world and de-linking those ways of understanding from our behaviors.
Dominant Paradigm: The monolithic and homogenized culture prevalent in the Western world, characterized by capitalism (more specifically neoliberalism), patriarchy, racism, and other systems of oppression.
Ecological Anxiety: The chronic fear of environmental doom.
Emotional Processing: The process by which people identify, discuss, and manage extreme feelings, in order to gradually reduce the amount of emotional reactivity that occurs in response to the thoughts and events that gave rise to such feelings.
Heart-Centered: A state of being in which we prioritize information and make decisions based on compassion, insight and body wisdom, rather than from exclusively rational and egocentric motivations.
Heart-Centered Revolution: A revolution where we open to the innate wisdom that has been buried and covered up by the dominant paradigm. As we open to our interconnectedness to all beings and the natural world, we make decisions based on compassion and insight rather than from egocentric motivations. Instead of thoughtless and selfish actions, we reinvest ourselves with an understanding of the consequences to the larger world. The heart-centered revolution is brought about by our inner equanimity and from our Love for each other, the natural world, and ourselves.
Predicament: The interlinked set of problems that have amassed such complexity they can no longer be solved. Moving forward, we establish relationships with a predicament instead of solving it.