Memories and Holidays

Eric Greene:

At the end of every year, many people deal with a recent death, and many more remember those who are no longer here. Yet such struggles may continue at the beginning of the year as well, as we move forward in time.

This blog is from the Green Pet-Burial Society, which is a program of our Families with Animals division.

Originally posted on Green Pet-Burial Society:

Most every holiday highlights family – the family into which we were born or adopted, or the ones we create for ourselves. All those relations of different ages, thoughts and species are special to us in their own way. For those who have experienced the recent passing of a family member, close friend or teacher, or who are reminded of days gone by, of reassuring glances, or of playful and gentle touch, we ask: how can one’s reminiscence and grief coincide with so much holiday cheer?

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National Link Coalition introduces Family Spirals™

The National Link Coalition is an association of professionals bringing greater attention to the linkages between violence against animals and humans (i.e., “the Link”). I introduced Family Spirals™ in the February 2012 edition of their LINK-letter (p. 7):

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Family Spirals™ Addresses The Link and Sibling Abuse

The links among various forms of violence towards humans and other animals are perhaps most evident within the family. A new organization, Family Spirals™, is being developed to address multiple dimensions of family relationships and cohesion. Our Interspecies Families division explores our relationships with animals, particularly pets, within a family context. Family Spirals™ plans to advance Link work by exploring new ways in which to frame family problems, deepening our understanding of these connections, and contextualizing linkages within a broader multidisciplinary framework of family dynamics. Continue reading