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Health Place. 2017 Sep;47:12-21. doi: 10.1016/j.healthplace.2017.06.006. Epub 2017 Jul 5.

Cultivating our humanity: A systematic review of care farming & traumatic grief.

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1
School of Geography and Planning, Cardiff University, Glamorgan Building, King Edward VII Avenue, Cardiff CF10 3WT, United Kingdom. Electronic address: GormanR@Cardiff.ac.uk.
2
School of Social Work, Arizona State University, 411N. Central Avenue, Suite 800, Phoenix, AZ 85004-0689, United States. Electronic address: jcaccia@me.com.

Abstract

Traumatic grief is a complex biopsychosocial experience, frequently (and contentiously) medicalized in the Western world. Care farming is an increasingly popular place-based intervention utilizing agricultural settings to care for vulnerable groups. We sought to establish the extent of care farming in relation to traumatic grief and query the potential of care farming as an intervention for this specific population. A systematic review highlights that whilst understudied, the success of care farming as an intervention for other populations experiencing psychological distress demonstrates the huge potential for care farming as a means to therapeutically engage with individuals experiencing traumatic grief.

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