But now, says the Once-ler, now that you’re here, the word of the Lorax seems perfectly clear. UNLESS someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not. ~ Dr. Seuss, The Lorax
I am here to co-create a world where death is revered as a teacher and grief is the master evoking similar emotional reactions in the human and non-human animal.
By uncovering the lessons Nature teaches us about death and grief, I am here to counsel, empower, and support those who consciously yearn to reconnect and protect their brothers, sisters, wild cousins and their habitats.
Death and grief do not only apply to humans. They teach us lessons to love and appreciate what we have before it’s gone.
Dr. Kriss Kevorkian is on a mission to help us learn these lessons through her ground-breaking research on environmental grief and ecological grief. As the human population increases, encroaching on the habitats of more and more animal species, we must do all we can to live with non-human animals rather than against them. Animals are not property or our entertainment. They are interconnected to us all, and we have to learn that now before we lose more species.
She is a Thanatologist, Deaducator, Climate Leader, writer, and international speaker on issues of end-of-life care, environmental grief and ecological grief, and is a Contributing Faculty Member in the Barbara Solomon School of Social Work & Human Services MSW Program at Walden University where she teaches classes including:
Crisis, Trauma and Response
Vicarious Trauma and Compassion Fatigue
Dr. Kriss Kevorkian supports her community by:
*Facilitating a Death Cafe at the Gig Harbor Library,
*Steering Committee of the Meaningful Movies of Gig Harbor,
*Founder, and Steering Committee Member, of Legal Rights for the Salish Sea. We are working to establish legal rights for the Southern Resident Orca. Under our current legal system humans and corporations have legal standing but animals and ecosystems don’t. We believe that animals and ecosystems should also have legal rights and be able to defend those rights in court.
*Advisory Committee of the Gig Harbor Sustainability Coalition
In 2017, Dr. Kevorkian became a Climate Reality Leader having undergone the training in Seattle with chairman and founder, former US Vice President Al Gore. In 2019, she was honored to be a Mentor at the Climate Reality Training in Atlanta, GA.
The Climate Reality Leadership Corps is a global network of activists committed to spreading awareness of the climate crisis and working for solutions to the greatest challenge of our time.
Ecological Grief: A Little Hope Remains in Nature Aware: Science. News. Conservation
On Environmental Grief and the Rights of Nature in Seeing the Woods: A Blog by the Rachel Carson Center
How Al Gore and 799 New Friends Helped Me to Become a Climate Leader in The Revelator
When the Loved One You Cared For Dies, What Comes Next? in Next Avenue
Why I Tried to Call My Mom, Even Though She’s Gone in Next Avenue
How to Hire (and when to fire) a caregiver in Next Avenue
“Environmental Grief ” in Non-Death Loss and Grief: Context and Clinical Implications, edited by D. Harris
“Counseling the terminally ill and their families” in Professional Counselor’s Desk Reference, edited by I. Marini & Stebnicki
Comments or questions are welcome.