RosemaryWanganeen – Out of Grief Fear, Into Intuitive Intelligence: The story of how Griefology found me through the wisdom of ancestors and mother nature

Out of Grief Fear, Into Intuitive Intelligence: The story of how Griefology found me through the wisdom of ancestors and mother nature

Rosemary Wanganeen, Founder of Healing Centre for Griefology

Session type: Special guest speaker

Key words: Grief, griefology, healing

Abstract

During Rosemary’s keynote address she will share her story, including how and why she was compelled to ‘design’ the Seven Phases to Integrating Loss and Grief© model to present it as a culturally sensitive and culturally appropriate evidence-based case-study. While conducting her intuitive research, Rosemary was able to process her own trauma and grief which helped her to ‘find’ her way out of ‘Aboriginal’ disadvantage into ‘Aboriginal’ prosperity. Letting go of her grief fear lead her to ‘switch on’ her intuitive intelligence, the outcome of which was the development of a newfound system, called Griefology.

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Out of Grief Fear, Into Intuitive Intelligence: The story of how Griefology found me through the wisdom of ancestors and mother nature

Despite the vast research into ‘Aboriginal’ disadvantage pre and post the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody and specifically pertaining to diseases and disorders; mental health challenges and related illnesses; the journey into youth and adult justice system – little is known about loss and grief and how it could transform ‘Aboriginal’ disadvantage into ‘Aboriginal’ prosperity with a higher probability of preventing diseases and disorders; mental health challenges and related illnesses; and the journey into youth and adult justice system!

Central to what I now refer to as my intuitive research (1987-1992), for this presentation you will hear how and why I was compelled to ‘design’ the Seven Phases to Integrating Loss and Grief© model to present it as a culturally sensitive and culturally appropriate evidence-based case-study.  In so doing I ‘found’ my way out of ‘Aboriginal’ disadvantage into ‘Aboriginal’ prosperity which led me out of grief fear to ‘switch on’ my intuitive intelligence, the outcome of which was the development of a newfound system, I call Griefology.

Concluding my intuitive research, I realised that the problems and challenges with western models specifically pertaining to their health and justice system, is that they are not designed to prevent the escalation into ill-health and preventing circumstances which lead to incarceration and how people are treated within the system to prevent them from re-offending. My research shows that mainstream systems across all sectors of our community do not take into consideration how ‘dangerous and damaging’ the suppression of grief can be. Grief can be extremely taxing on the whole human, a side-effect of which can contribute to ‘Aboriginal’ disadvantage.  If mainstream systems don’t consider Griefology, I have a responsibility to ask the question: to what extent could Aboriginal disadvantage be a western construct to create and maintain an Aboriginal industry?

Unbeknown at the time, what became my intuitive research evolved into two significant and compelling methodologies (1987): 1) I was to question why I experienced childhood and adolescent violations and not what happened when 1788 ‘arrived’ but why did it ‘arrive’ so violently 2) to seek answers to what I believe became my research questions, I was funnelled into an unconscious state of using my human intuitive intelligence that began, maintained and sustained my ongoing research methodology.

Post my intuitive research (1992) I consciously reconnected to my human intuitive intelligence which helped me to construct a ‘roadmap’ out of ‘Aboriginal’ disadvantage (grief fears) into ‘Aboriginal’ prosperity (intuitive intelligence) via the Seven Phases model.  Such a methodology sustains my intuitive intelligence and has led me to design an alternative discipline called Griefology which knows no barriers across all sectors throughout Aboriginal communities.

My research resulted in Griefology having five basic principles:

  1. Personal self-awareness (know thy self),
  2. The reclaiming of One’s humanity to sustain the human to human connection
  3. Loss and grief is a human experience that doesn’t discriminate
  4. Spiritual & cultural reconnection to One’s ancestry and ancestors.
  5. Reconnection to Mother Earth, Mother Nature, flora & fauna, animal totems.

*The common mantra for these five principles is they ‘do no harm’!

Founded on the Seven Phases model which I will cover in my workshop, these 5 principles of Griefology imply that we can’t, don’t and won’t shame, blame, demonise or vilify, not just another human being, but all that inhabit Mother Earth.  The Seven Phases has proven to be holistic and culturally safe and appropriate in nature and our business model will not stop until it is synonymous with prosperity for all human beings!

About the presenter/s

Rosemary is a proud South Australian Aboriginal woman with ancestral links to Kaurna of the Adelaide Plains and Wirringu from the West Coast. She founded the Sacred Site Within Healing Centre (1993) which preceded the Australian Institute for Loss and Grief (2005) and as a Griefologist, she specialises in loss and grief from a humanitarian perspective but very much centred around Aboriginal loss and grief.

Rosemary became an intuitive researcher between 1987 and 1992 which compelled her to engage with her own personal major losses and unresolved grief experiences; afraid and alone she became the ‘pebble thrown into a pond’! However, grateful for this process, she reconnected to her Spiritual Ancestors who guided her intuitive research skills, methodologies & theories. Incensed, she realised the rippling effects of her major losses and unresolved grief post 1788, wasn’t just dangerous and damaging to her, but to her family, her community and her people, as First Nations Australian.

Her intuitive research culminated in her peer reviewed & published Seven Phases to Integrating Loss & Grief model and the act of integrating losses and unresolved grief restored her Aboriginal prosperity or simply put, her social, emotional, health and wellbeing, post 1788!

As a Griefologist, Rosemary was free to reframe the deficit western construct of ‘Aboriginal disadvantage’ and put it under the umbrella of loss and grief as the missing link to Aboriginal prosperity.

Some of her proudest moments:
Based on ‘industry experience’ accepted into Adelaide University, Master in Philosophy.
SA Health – A Finalist in Mental Health Excellence Awards (2016)
Winner: Outstanding Health Project/Program – Aboriginal Health Council (SA) NAIDOC Health Awards 2016

• The Gladys Elphick Centenary Medal
• Business Woman of the Year Nomination
• South Australian of the Year Winner – Community
• State Finalist and Zonta Club of Adelaide – Women of Achievement Award (SA)