Psychologist and grief counselor Joanne Cacciatore is walking across the sprawling land of her Selah House Respite Center and Care Farm, on the outskirts of Sedona, Ariz., toward the high metal fence of the horse pen. There’s a fall heat wave, and her deeply tanned arms — tattooed with an artful array of black-ink images that range from St. Francis of Assisi communing with birds to the Psalms quote “God is nearest the brokenhearted” — glow in the blazing sun.
Have you ever lost a spouse, parent or even child? The Selah Carefarm opened more than a year ago in Cornville to help grieving families navigate through life after the loss of a loved one.
Today SevenPonds speaks with a psychologist who specializes in helping clients navigate the experience of traumatic grief.. The founder of the MISS Foundation, an international nonprofit which provides counseling, advocacy, research and education to bereaved families, she is a professor at Arizona State University and the author of several books, including the critically acclaimed “Bearing the Unbearable: Love, Loss and the Heartbreaking Path of Grief.” Dr. Cacciatore is also the founder of the Center for Loss and Trauma …”
From Mad in America, A new study explores the importance of care farming, using therapeutic spaces to treat individuals impacted by traumatic grief.
This fascinating video from 2017 explains what carefarming is all about and why it’s important for the future of how we treat the traumatically bereaved in our society. It includes the early research and vision behind Dr. Cacciatore’s Selah Carefarm.