Hello, Grief Artist

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

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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Grief has no set timeline

Grief has no set timeline. It's length, ups, and downs are different for everyone. We were at an art festival this weekend in southern Idaho. But this wasn't your everyday art fair - it was with a goal of raising awareness for mental health! Project Grief had several art stations and invited the...

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I wanted to stay home & stay alone.

I wanted to stay home and stay alone. Can you relate? I remember the strangeness of it all like it was yesterday. I was in my deepest depression, committed to twice a week counseling to “get it all sorted out”. My mentor at the time called and asked me how I was doing. Tears turned into sobs as...

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The care & keeping of memories

The care and keeping of memories When we lose a loved one, the care and keeping of their memory becomes so important. After all - that’s where the loved one “lives” now. How do you steward your loved one’s memory? There are so many ways! Many cultures around the world hold the memory of...

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You are not (just) your grief

You are not (just) your grief + FREE activity! Separating who I am from what I’ve been through helps me see myself more clearly. The loss of a loved one is traumatic. But as time passes, a new loss can surface - the loss of self. (Skip below to go to the instructions for your own collage...

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