Lucille's Memorials honor mothers of all walks and support open display of chronic grief in service to individual and collective vitality.
Biodiversity is social diversity. Another word for habitat is community. Individuals of all species are vital community members whose basic needs of existence must be met in order for their lives to be fulfilling and their contributions be of benefit to all.
Lucille’s Regenerative Memorials are carefully tended feral communities - communities shaped significantly by the activity of all members and uncontrolled by one member group alone - to foster biodiversity throughout developed areas as they support the human grieving process and public displays of grief within the context of life’s complete cycle - birth, decay, death, and birth.
The vision for Lucille's Regenerative Memorials coalesced when synchronicity, curiosity, and common purpose brought Tora Rocha and Meg Hollingsworth together thanks to a conversation that Meg initiated with Laura Salazar, LS Support + Design, in a cafe in Oakland, California November 2017.
Lucille's Regenerative Memorials are named in honor of two mothers, Lucille Rocha and Lucille Bertuccio. Our gratitude goes to these mothers for requesting and tending feral communities for everyone's benefit. Their generosity lives in our bones. For this, we are eternally grateful and will do our very best to see that their legacy carries on.
Please read more of the project's origins in Common Purpose & Synchronicity...
“Joy is the gem of experience from which sorrow grows.
It is joy that sorrow protects.”
— Meg Hollingsworth, Extinction Witness Writer & CReative Director
By nature, a mother's love for her own child protects all children as she realizes a total empathy for the loss of a child. And grief for the loss of a mother's own child is so total and complete that this is chronic, lasting her lifetime. A mother's initial wail and ongoing tears remind us that every member is loved beyond reason. Lucille's Regenerative Memorials help cultivate and catalyze a shift from honoring death as the greatest sacrifice - warrior culture - back to honoring birth as the greatest sacrifice - mothering culture, in which mothers love and care for all children as their own.
In addition to providing areas for reflection and mourning ritual free from and of any religious doctrine, Lucille's Regenerative Memorials provide for everyone's sustenance unbound by human monetary exchange.
The dedication of the cardinal Lucille’s Memorial and these regenerative memorials ongoing are a cooperative effort of Extinction Witness, Pollinator Posse, and Earth Restoration Service aligned with Lost Species Day, a global movement that relates with all individuals of all species as community members, remembers each in perpetuity, and helps endangered individuals and species thrive in their existence.
Please read more about This Team...
"Landscapers are stewards, not outdoor custodians.
Gardening is a blend of science and art."
- Tora Rocha, Pollinator Posse Director
We collaborate with individuals and projects engaged in 'rewilding' - the revival of feral communities - in gardens and groves to foster long-term care of Lucille's Regenerative Memorials. We also offer guidance for establishing and maintaining these areas upon request.
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Financial support for Lucille's Regenerative Memorials is greatly appreciated. Extinction Witness global arts project of Empowerment WORKS 501c3 for-impact organization sponsors Lucille’s Regenerative Memorials. Donations are tax-deductible as allowed by law.
Please offer support for Lucille's Regenerative Memorials by clicking “Support This Work” below. Or, to arrange an alternate payment method, please contact Meg at: megan [at] extinctionwitness [dot] org