Hello, Grief Artist

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

Discovering identity after loss

Does this sound like you? I'm beginning to dream a bit in this new season of life (even though I entered it unwillingly!). I feel like there's so much more to life than I'm currently living. What I need is some support in developing new life skills that will help me discover and accomplish new...

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When you're on the grief roller coaster

Do either of these sound like you? I'm feeling quite lonely. My loss has greatly impacted my social life. What I need most right now is a listening ear, someone who doesn't mind keeping me company, and/or people who share my interests. OR I'm feeling a bit direction-less. Loss changed the way...

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When you're on "Survival Mode"

Survival Mode (AKA “Grief Artist in Disguise”) Does this sound like you? "I'm really just trying to survive! I'm limited in my energy, time, and financial resources. My grief is too overwhelming to face right now. What I need most is resources, and compassionate people willing to help me...

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Holiday Grief: Creative Coping

The holidays are just plain difficult when you've lost a loved one. I think that’s because of all those lovely, long-standing traditions we used to look forward to. Those same rituals of joy and togetherness only serve to emphasize the person who's not there this year. And the anxiety and dread...

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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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