Holidays After Loss

Art Projects to Help You Thrive

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After experiencing the loss of a loved one, you may find yourself looking towards the holidays with dread, stress, guilt, or fear.

art projects for coping holidays grief

You can use ART to channel all your emotion into something creative and productive.

Each art project will help you learn and apply one healthy skill for navigating the holidays after loss.

“The Holidays After Loss course gave me an opportunity to take some deep breaths in the middle of a stressful holiday season and tune into my feelings after the loss of my brother."

- Past Student, Holidays After Loss

"My husbands mom just passed away and the holidays are right around the corner… The mindfulness activity was family friendly and a great simple activity for us to connect and find a new way to deal with grief."

- Amberlee, Holidays After Loss webinar attendee

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I have to be an artist in order to do this course?
Not at all! There's no pressure to create something perfect or beautiful. Grief art is all about the process, not the final product. I've provided easy step-by-step video tutorials, pdf templates, and the freedom to be creative when you want to.
What materials do I need to complete this course?
The material list is simple and you should be able to find most things around your house. Check out "Let's Get Started" in the curriculum preview below to find a downloadable supplies list.
Can I do this course with friends and family?
Yes you can! Grief is best done in the support of a community of friends and family.
Is there any community support that comes with this course?
Absolutely! Our Facebook Support Group is an open group, provided for the sake of sharing struggles, answering questions, and showing off the cool things you've made. You'll be able to interact with the instructor there. This is a great resource for support during the holiday season!

Begin by signing your own

"permission slip,"

granting the permission & time you need

to grieve this season.

Don't just get your mind off of grief;

Give yourself a constructive way to work through it.

Need extra motivation?

Art projects coping holidays grief

"The course gave me permission to take some time during each easy project to clear a bit of mental space and heart space to think of him and acknowledge the sorrow and the love that exist simultaneously within me."

- Past Student, Holidays After Loss

Take Your First Step Towards Healing

Your Instructor

Danica Thurber
Danica Thurber

When I was twelve years old, my dad passed away of a sudden heart attack. I struggled to understand and express my grief for many years afterward, and art was sometimes my only outlet for grief.

I graduated from Washington State University with a thesis on "Cultural Expressions of Grief Through Art", which was published in an online journal that same year. Since then, I have spoken at multiple conferences nationwide and led grief art workshops throughout the Northwest. I am now a practicing artist and certified Therapeutic Art Life Coach.

I created Project Grief so I could help others learn the power of art to heal after experiencing a loss.

Danica Thurber Art

"May you find that the holiday season is less stressful than you expected, that creatively working through your grief works better than avoiding it, and that sadness and joy can go hand in hand, making your holidays even more meaningful."

- Danica, Project Grief Instructor