It can feel pretty disempowering and overwhelming to watch the jungle burn from afar. But there are small adjustments to daily life we can all make to protect and respect the Amazon. Both during this crises, and after the flames have been extinguished.
“A new threat to the American people is emerging from the south. They come in flocks, every year, to take advantage of our bountiful land and disturb our totally awesome way of life. I’m talking, of course, about butterflies.”
I have begun to second-guess my decision about declining an invitation to observe my mother having her organs harvested. The guilt waited eight months to show up, but now it whispers, “Maybe you should have been there for her through that.”
To be “bereaved” literally means “to be torn apart” and “to have special needs.” The definition could not be more accurate. Grief appears to be a universal human experience, but it is also a social construct that varies across cultures and morphs through time.