The Good Grief Network builds personal resilience while strengthening community ties to help combat despair, inaction, eco-anxiety, and other heavy emotions in the face of daunting systemic predicaments. The state of the world seems unmanageable, chaotic even. For those of us paying attention, awareness of our systemic issues is confusing and painful. You may feel pulled to act, but don’t know what to do.
If most of these questions stir something in you, you are not alone! We want feel it too! The old paradigm is fading and we want to help usher in the new one: one based in genuine love, mutual respect, life-preserving, over-consumption fighting, and lending a helping hand.
The Good Grief Network opens peoples’ hearts. Each of us possesses tremendous wisdom within that we have been conditioned to ignore. By appealing to our brains with research and resources, we open the door for more heart-centered work. We provide a gateway to practice opening and trusting our hearts, to transcend fear and re-establish connections. This creates a foundation of resilience and strength to show up outwardly as activists and advocates for the things we love and care about.
Through a variety of techniques, we facilitate the metabolization of heavy feelings which puts us at risk for burnout, falling into despair, ecoanxiety, or depression. We build psychosocial resilience to help each person uncover their greatest strengths and determine how best to contribute to the world we want to co-create. We provide tools and an encouraging community that helps overcome denial, and prevent hopelessness, helplessness, activism fatigue, and burn out. These tools are necessary for anyone looking to sustain themselves for the long haul.
Good Grievers treasure critical thinking, nuanced dialogue, and coloring outside of the lines. Community is Tragedy’s remedy.
Open minds, respect, and integrity are required.
Aimee Lewis-Reau, CoFounder & Creative Director
Born and raised in southeast Michigan, Aimee is a certified Scholè Yoga Instructor and RYT 200. She DJs under the name eXis10shAL and takes delight in making crowds dance, because Alice Walker said it best: “Hard times require furious dancing.”
Aimee received her Bachelor’s degree in English, Poetry, and Religion from Central Michigan University before obtaining her MFA in Creative Nonfiction from Georgia College & State University. Small, but fierce, Aimee is edgy yet reverent.
You can reach her at Aimee(at)goodgriefnetwork(dot)org
LaUra Schmidt, CoFounder & Director Of Operations
Grief chose me. From a very early age, I’ve been surrounded by– and embedded in– grief. My parents were alcoholics/addicts and I experienced significant trauma and many deaths along the way.
With such a tumultuous upbringing, I was given a choice: give up & give in or figure out why the hell I am here and bring meaning to my own existence. I chose the latter. I choose to be a force of good in the world.
I am skilled at holding space and sitting with uncertainty and discomfort. I have worked with a Rites of Passage guide, a shamanic practitioner, many therapists, and in Adult Children of Alcoholics to clear my trauma and practice becoming the best version of myself.
I am trained in nonviolent civil disobedience, and am a Climate Reality Leadership Corps member & mentor. I am in the process of earning certificates in Mindfulness Practice and Life Coaching.
While a bit of a nomad, I hail from Michigan, and graduated from Central Michigan University with a BS in Environmental Studies, Biology, and Religious Studies. My MS in Environmental Humanities was earned from the University of Utah.
I grew to understand the importance of place through spending some time living and playing in North Carolina & the bayous of Louisiana (directly after the BP oil spill). Inspiration finds me in natural landscapes and honest, open-hearted dialogue. You can reach me at Laura(at)goodgriefnetwork(dot)org
Good Grief in the News
OZY: “The Alcoholics Anonymous Approach Meets Climate Change” By Carly Stern – August 16, 2019
USAToday: “From not having kids to battling anxiety: Climate change is shaping life choices and affecting mental health” by Elizabeth Lawrence and Elinor Aspegren – August 15, 2019
Climate Concern Fuels the Rise of ‘Eco-anxiety’, Medscape, John Watson – July 8, 2019
How the Mental Health Community Is Bracing for the Impact of Climate Change: “Eco-anxiety” and trauma from natural disasters will be on the rise along with sea levels, RollingStone, Andrea Marks – May 16, 2019
Climate anxiety is real, but there’s something you can do about it, CNN, Jen Christensen – May 7, 2019
RADIOACTIVE, KRCL, Lara Jones – MARCH 12, 2019
‘Climate grief’: The growing emotional toll of climate change NBC News, Avichai Scher – December 24, 2018
Young people are suffering from ‘climate grief’ MSN, Avichai Scher – December 24, 2018
Fears around climate change are causing some people to seek out support groups CBC, Alison Masemann and Danielle Carr – November 29, 2018
#157 | GOOD GRIEF: BUILDING INDIVIDUAL RESILIENCE W/ AIMEE LEWIS-REAU & LAURA SCHMIDT, Last Born In the Wilderness, Patrick Farnsworth – November 26, 2018
How to process climate grief over the California wildfires Grist, Eric Holthaus – November 13, 2018
Is The Changing Climate Giving You Anxiety? You’re Not Alone. KRCC, Ali Bunder – October 19, 2018
Episode 1 – Good Grief Audiofiles, Avi Scher – October 17, 2018
Will Climate Change Actually Increase Suicide Rates? Earther, Yessenia Funes – July 25, 2018
Using Nature as a Remedy for Eco-Anxiety Dissecting the News, Matt Zhao – April 19, 2018
How Worry About Climate Change Affects Us Wisconsin Public Radio, Kate Archer Kent – January 4, 2018
Utah: EcoAnxiety Weather Channel, Stephanie Valera – December 19, 2017
First Step To ‘Eco-Grieving’ Over Climate Change? Admit There’s A Problem NPR, Judy Fahys – April 22, 2017
Feeling Helpless About the Future of the Planet? Now There’s a 9-Step Program For That Fusion, Caroline Preston – April 4, 2017
New Support Group Focuses on Climate Grief KUER, Judy Fahys – January 12, 2017
How to Address ‘Climate Grief:’ A support group for people feeling distress about global warming Yale Climate Connections, Sara Peach – December 5, 2016
Support group helps those with ‘climate grief’ E&E News – November 30, 2016
This nine-step program is like Alcoholics Anonymous for climate anxiety Grist, Sabrina Imbler – November 29, 2016
Sad about climate change? There’s a support group for that Yale Climate Connections, Daisy Simmons – November 28, 2016
Step aside, Old White Guys Durango Telegraph, Joy Martin – August 18, 2016