Nature-Focused Bereavement Group Summary

Here is a summary of my MSc Dissertation, looking at the effect of nature on grief. Our group is still running and is ever more popular! If you are looking into starting up a group such as this, and would like any advice, please get in contact.

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In collaboration with Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole (BCP) Council and Bournemouth University, here is a summary report of my MSc Dissertation. Within, are the details of the nature-focused bereavement group we have run at Hengistbury Head Nature Reserve since Summer 2019. This document also explores the importance of burial grounds and cemeteries for wildlife. 

We have now run a successful group for over a year, and during COVID times, with numbers ever increasing. Our groups focus on a wildlife-themed activity; whether this is species identification, citizen science or arts and crafts, we provide an outdoor space for socialisation and learning new skills.

We would love to share our lessons learned, and increase the offerings of similar groups in other areas. So please get in contact if you would like to find out more about the work we have been up to, and the benefits that nature can have for those who have lost someone. 

Mollie Taylor

Leave Only Footprints Engagement Coordinator, BCP Council

I am currently the Leave Only Footprints Engagement Coordinator at BCP Council. Over the past few years, I have taken on a few different roles within the organisation, based at Hengistbury Head Nature Reserve following my BSc in Animal Behaviour and alongside completing my MSc in Biodiversity Conservation at Bournemouth University. Within my role, I engage with a wide range of people over a wide range of topics from litter to the local wildlife and habitats, with the aim of reducing negative behaviours and encouraging interest and passion for nature. I am also interested and have experience in collecting and analysing data around these subjects. I have previously held a role as a research assistant with Bournemouth University exploring the most effective ways/methods to engage young people with nature, through running focus groups and literature reviews. I have a special interest in the effect of being outdoors in nature on wellbeing, especially the bereaved, and have started a podcast called The Nature of Loss; sponsored by BCP Council.
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Go to the profile of Thirza Loffeld
4 months ago

Thank you for sharing your important work Mollie, much appreciated! Feel free to share another post in the next few weeks to promote your podcast on this topic as well. 

Go to the profile of Mollie Taylor
4 months ago

Thank you Thirza! Much appreciated :)