A brief overview of the Wanganeen Model:
The Seven Phases to Integrating Loss and Grief©
The Seven Phases to Integrating Loss and Grief© model is an innovative socio-cultural framework. It is directly inspired by Rosemary Wanganeen’s personal life experiences as she and her family lived through inhumane government policies during her childhood.
In its most concise form, Rosemary’s Seven Phases to Integrating Loss and Grief© model is centered around Aboriginal peoples intergenerational suppressed unresolved grief. Specifically, how the history of ancestral losses and unresolved grief that is compounding and complicating contemporary losses and unresolved grief.
Removed from her family as a child, Rosemary became a part of the Stolen Generation which exposed her to all forms of violations. Between 1987-1992 she was thrust into her ‘intuitive research’ attempting to understand not just her childhood experiences but her family, her community, and what happened to her Ancestors.
She questioned not just ‘what happened?’ but more importantly ‘why did it happen?’. In answering these questions, her unique and innovative Seven Phases to Integrating Loss and Grief© model was developed.