by Jann Garitty
The Flower Essence Society has been encouraging humanitarian outreach with flower essence therapy for many decades. We support a great variety of social service programs, such as the work with disabled children by Vania Grande, referenced above.
In this overview, we will focus on one of the most significant emerging needs for social service, that of disaster relief. Given the increasing occurrence of natural and man-made disasters, volunteer emergency relief aid work has become an important component in assisting those who are displaced or otherwise impacted by circumstances out of their control.
In the aftermath of disastrous situations, it is a natural response on the part of many to quickly mobilize and help others in any way that they possibly can. Practitioners of Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) particularly are sensitive to the need for deep healing on the part of those impacted by devastating situations.
Near where FES is located in California, horrendous firestorms have occurred causing massive and widespread devastation, displacement and trauma. After the most recent fire which occurred at the end of 2018, several flower essence practitioners contacted FES and requested flower essence donations for relief aid work.
The linked reports below represent two models for providing healing service which can be accomplished by practitioners who incorporate flower essences with other modalities.
We encourage you to begin to brainstorm, explore and network in your own communities with flower essence and other CAM practitioners to prepare to be of assistance when relief aid work is needed.
Also, please keep in mind that FES has created an Independent Study Option for Social Service Work, as part of the FES Certification Program. This is an independently designed program, with populations in need or with a particular therapeutic issue in a social context. More about the program can be read here.
The reports linked below are specific to volunteer relief aid work provided after the Camp Fire that started November 8, 2018 in Butte County, Northern California. Within hours, a firestorm ensued and subsequently destroyed the town of Paradise and other communities. This fire is reported to be the deadliest and most destructive fire ever in California and was not contained until November 25th. More details regarding this devastating event can be found here.
Many of the fire evacuees, particularly those without personal or other resources, were relocated to nearby Chico, CA. In addition to first responders, fire personnel and others, as is most often the case during disasters and emergencies, there was an immediate outpouring of support and assistance from the surrounding communities and towns.
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