Hello, Grief Artist

I'm shedding my "grief victim" mentality, and you can too.

Facing the Holidays When it Hurts

The holidays are just plain difficult when you've lost a loved one. Long-held traditions only serve to emphasize the person who's not there this year. Let's talk about the way the holidays impact us when we're grieving, and what we can do to face this season with greater victory. Sometimes,...

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Help! Grief feels so big!

Art can help you figure out how to start. Have you ever heard the term “grief work”? Author and Psychiatrist Erich Lindemann coined the term way back in the 1940s (learn more here). Approaching our grief as "work" can help us begin to understand what's ahead on our journey - and figure out the...

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How to help a friend who's grieving

Margo Fowkes is the founder of Salt Water, an online community and resource hub for those grieving the loss of a loved one. Margo lost her beloved son, Jimmy, to cancer in 2014. Her grief journey began when Jimmy was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor at the age of thirteen. Above: Jimmy...

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Art Helps You: Tame the Overwhelm

Art helps you contain overwhelming feelings in a small, safe space This is the beginning of a series about how art can act as a tool in our healing process. The fact that it’s a tool means the work is up to you. But you can’t take advantage of this powerful tool until you learn more about what...

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Art helps you: Externalize the chaos inside

I’m beginning a series of posts about how art can act as a tool in our healing process. The fact that it’s a tool means the work is up to you. But you can’t take advantage of this powerful tool until you learn more about what it is, and how to use it. So how can art help me in my grief, you ask?...

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The Suarez Family: A Wedding to Remember

How in the world do you carry on with a special day when someone you loved so dearly isn’t there to celebrate with you? Even a typical family suffers from the stress and overwhelming emotions of their special day. But a wedding day can magnify and complicate feelings when the couple or their...

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How to help your grieving friend

Your support is vital during this time. You might feel overwhelmed as to what to do or say, but don't let those feelings keep you from being there in a time when they need you most. Keep in mind that everyone goes through grief differently, and there's no rhyme or reason as to how they should...

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Permission (to grieve) Granted

Sometimes you need to grant yourself permission to feel again, to process, and to invest in yourself. At least, that was the case for me. When loss happened in our family, we just had to hold on, cope, survive. I didn't grant myself permission to freely grieve until almost a decade later. I've...

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All about the course - what can I expect?

Will this course really help me in my grief journey? Is it worth the cost (of time and money)? What if I can't do the art part? I know sometimes it's hard to invest in something without knowing all of it's ins and outs. I can tell you how valuable this course is, but I think it's best to just...

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Guest post: How writing is helping me process losing my Mom

I was struggling to get the whisk attachment out of the mixing bowl when I was hit with the question I’d been dreading: “So, are you going to see your mom for Mother’s Day?” my coworker asked as we made whipped cream side by side in the kitchen of the dessert shop where we worked...

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