About Trauma Stewardship
A book that offers a deep and empathetic view of the often-unrecognized toll on those caring for others.
Trauma Stewardship: An Everyday Guide to Caring for Self While Caring for Others is a book written by Laura van Dernoot Lipsky and Connie Burk. The book is written for anyone who is doing work with the intent to make the world more sustainable and hopeful, and who faces the hardships and trauma of other living beings or the planet itself as a result of this work. It is for those who notice that they are not the same people they once were, or are being told by their families, friends, colleagues, or pets that something is different about them.
Joining the wisdom of ancient cultural traditions with modern psychological research, Lipsky offers a variety of simple and profound practices that will allow us to remake ourselves–and ultimately the world. The book is a navigational tool for remembering that there are options and that we are able to choose our own path. We can make a difference without suffering; we can do meaningful work in a way that works for us and for those we serve. We can enjoy the world and set it straight. We can leave a legacy that embodies our deepest wisdom and greatest gifts instead of one that is burdened with our struggles and despair.