Grieving Creatively

Loss takes us beyond words, so we go beyond words to heal.

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

This is a guest post by Margo Fowkes, founder of Salt Water, an online community and resource hub for those grieving the loss of a loved one. In addition to providing resources for those who’ve experienced loss, Margo is also passionate about helping the friends and family of those who are...

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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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Crowdsourced: 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 your grieving...

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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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How writing is helping me process losing my Mom

A guest post by Katrina Larson 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...

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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 - the whole fair had the goal of raising awareness for mental health! My Project Grief tent had several art...

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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...

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