“It is Right to Take Time to Grieve” by Anthony Rella

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Why should I feel my pain? Why would I want to suffer? Why wouldn’t I do what I could to feel good all the time? …

What we don’t feel stays locked inside of us, taking up space like malware running in the background of a laptop, invisible except for its effects—slowing down your functioning, causing weird bugs, occasionally throwing up nasty pop-ups that say shit you don’t want to be seeing in your day to day life.

Feelings need to be felt… Being witnessed with loving care is what helps our feelings move …

Grief and disappointment are not separate from care, joy, and enthusiasm. All of these feelings are emotions of engagement with this life. Letting things matter to us. Taking risks. Opening our hearts. 

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Published by John Halstead

John Halstead is the author of *Another End of the World is Possible*, in which he explores what it would really mean for our relationship with the natural world if we were to admit that we are doomed. John is a native of the southern Laurentian bioregion and lives in Northwest Indiana, near Chicago. He is a co-founder of 350 Indiana-Calumet, which worked to organize resistance to the fossil fuel industry in the Region. John was the principal facilitator of “A Pagan Community Statement on the Environment.” He strives to live up to the challenge posed by the Statement through his writing and activism. John has written for numerous online platforms, including Patheos, Huffington Post, PrayWithYourFeet.org, and Gods & Radicals. He is Editor-at-Large of HumanisticPaganism.com. John also facilitates climate grief support groups climate grief support groups affiliated with the Good Grief Network.

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