John Muir once wrote, “Earth has no sorrow that Earth cannot heal.”  As we approach Earth Day 2018, his words have significant meaning, especially those who may be working through their grief process.

After a loss, everything can seem hopeless. The pain, the uncertainty, the thought of going on without our loved one can be overwhelming. Nature and our Earth can provide comfort, solace and healing during our grief.

Making it a point to get out more in nature can be a great way to keep moving forward in your recovery after your loss. This can be as simple as taking a regular walk along, with friends or even with a group, that is specifically centered on grief.  You may even find comfort in visiting places or scenery that were cherished by your loved one.

Here in Southern California, despite being such a large metropolitan area, we have many wonderful opportunities to experience the healing touch of nature.  Our beaches, mountains and deserts are all close by.  We have hundreds of beautiful parks, hiking trails, and greenbelts like Forest Lawn, which are easily accessible and inexpensive to visit.

Nature also provides us with a perspective of the circle of life. In an article on nature awareness as a healing therapy, Kirsti A. Dyer, MD, wrote: “Being in nature, one becomes aware of the infinite circle of life. There is evidence of decay, destruction and death; there are also examples of rejuvenation, restoration, and renewal. The never-ending cycle of birth, life, death and rebirth can put life and death into perspective and impart a sense of constancy after experiencing a life changing loss or a death.”

Some food for thought for this year’s Earth Day.