The creativity of grief...
"At the deepest level, the creative process and the healing process arise from a single source. When you are an artist, you are a healer; A wordless trust of the same mystery is the foundation of your work and its integrity."
~ Dr. Rachel Naomi Remen
The creativity of grief...
The earthy aroma of clay... the scratchy feel of crow quill pen on
paper... the happy anticipation of planning a new watercolor painting.
Artwork has been a source of much happiness and satisfaction for me
Okay, so I did eventually attend college-level art courses, and I did sell a couple of my paintings over the years. But I am not a professional artist. I found that the most soul-satisfying emotional release for me came during the MAKING of the art, the creative process, and not from the final results!
I also have to say that the times when I found the most comfort and
solace from doing artwork was during the bad times in my life, including
times of grief. So I wanted to share with you through this website how
healing artwork has helped me, and can also help you through your own
"But I'm not an artist!", you might say. Well, all the better. You won't have any pre-conceived notions of how to create, or rules of design to follow. You'll more easily "create from your soul" than a trained graphic artist will.
doesn't matter if your creations are simple stick figure drawings, or
colorful and intricate abstracts, or even realistic landscapes. The
value of healing artwork for you is in the doing, not the final product.
In other words, it doesn't matter what your drawing looks like, if you benefited by creating it. This is such a liberating way to look at the creative arts. And you'll be surprised at how good it feels, once you get started. Just remember... the goal is not to make great art, but to express yourself greatly.
In this section of our website, we'll teach you how to:
If you ever studied fine arts in school, you probably know that artists have used their art to express human despair, find meaning in life, and transcend their own emotional struggles. Just walk through any art museum, or leaf through a glossy text showing the classics, and you'll soon find that human suffering has inspired some of our greatest artworks.
Why? In making art, we all, including the masters, have found relief from fears, anxiety and depression, and found new meaning in life through artistic expression.
this all sound a little lofty and snobbish to you? Well, try to bring
the whole concept of art down to your level. Make a place for it in your
own life. Art is for everyone! Each of us possesses our own special
talents and creative gifts and have the right to explore them.
Creating artwork following a tragic loss can be very therapeutic, helping you to express and release your own painful, stressful emotions. Accessing these emotions is not always easy by talking, by using words. You may try to talk it all out, get it off your chest, yell and scream out in your anger and grief. But in the end, the feelings still sit there.
Because your left-brain's verbal language is limited in it's
vocabulary, leaving your true emotions literally unexpressed. To access
and release your real feelings, you have to use the right-brain's
language of imagery... through artwork. Open your mind to this and you
will find much comfort in your artwork.
One other artistic outlet you might find comfort in... do you like to take pictures? Explore photographic options for grief expression. This activity can be enormously comforting and provide an interesting diversion for your grief.
All this too heavy-duty for you? Let me make it simple for you:
"Healing through creative grieving" is the major premise of this entire
website. I have seen healing art therapy create magic and hope for
people during bereavement, myself included.
Keep an open mind, have fun with this, and explore your own creativity and soul. You will not regret the "quality time" you spent in this most noble endeavor.
We suggest you start with Art Therapy Activity: "Drawing" out your emotions.
~Are you devastated by the loss of a loved one?
~Bewildered by all the strong emotions and crazy symptoms?
~Wondering how you are ever going to survive?
~Tired of being stuck in a complicated grief?
In addition to the written guidebook, we also offer a unique audio program to help with grief coping and relaxation. If you think an audio approach might be helpful, consider this program: