Creative Grieving


The embrace of grief can often feel cold and isolating, a shadowy territory where words often fall short. Yet, in this space of profound pain, art emerges as a beacon of hope, a silent companion that allows the bereaved to navigate their emotions with authenticity and grace. The interplay of colors, the stroke of a brush, or the rhythm of a penned-down memory carries with it an inherent therapy. Through this platform, we journey into the world of art and its role in mending the torn fabric of grief.


Benefits of Self Art Therapy

When words stumble and silence becomes deafening, art steps in as a serene refuge. Engaging with art, irrespective of one's prowess, has numerous therapeutic advantages workshops and creative sessions can help you with:

  • Non-verbal expression: Not every emotion can be articulated. Art provides a canvas for these unsaid feelings.
  • Acknowledging emotions: Through creation, one recognizes and validates their feelings, setting the stage for healing.
  • Sense of Purpose: Crafting something offers a sense of accomplishment, bringing purpose and positivity amidst despair.
  • Distraction: Immersing oneself in the creative process can provide a temporary respite from overwhelming pain.
  • Emotional Release: Like a dam opening its gates, art can facilitate a cathartic release of pent-up emotions.

Art Techniques for Healing

Art isn't just about brushes and canvases; it's an expansive realm where various techniques intertwine with emotions, offering unique therapeutic pathways:

  • Journaling: A rendezvous with one's thoughts, journaling documents the journey, celebrating growth and acknowledging pain.
  • Painting: With every splash of color, emotions take shape, revealing stories that words might miss.
  • Decorating: Using Mixed Media to create meaningful art
  • Doodling: Using lines and shapes to express emotions
  • Colouring: Shading and colouring the immediate pain.
Resources and Workshops

Healing is a journey, often necessitating guidance and companionship. For those yearning for direction or simply a communal space to explore art and grief, there's a treasure trove of resources:

  • Group Workshops - that gently guide you through the therapeutic facets of art.
  • Online courses - curated by experts, designed for self-paced exploration.
  • One-on-One - Connect with facilitators who specialize in using art as self therapy, offering a blend of creative l insight and personal coaching. Dive into these resources, each a step towards healing and rediscovery.

Your Role

When attending an art therapy session, especially for addressing grief, the role of a griever entails the following:

1. Active Participant:

  • The griever plays an active role in the therapeutic process by engaging in the creative activities provided by the therapist. This may include drawing, painting, sculpting, or any other form of artistic expression.

2. Open-minded Explorer:

  • Art therapy might be a new experience for many. The griever is encouraged to approach the session with an open mind, willing to experiment with different mediums and processes without judgment.

3. Emotional Expresser:

  • The very essence of art therapy is to provide an outlet for emotions. The griever is expected to channel their feelings, memories, and experiences through their artwork, even if they cannot articulate them verbally.

4. Reflective Observer:

  • After creating art, there's often a reflection phase where the griever observes and discusses their artwork with the therapist. This introspection helps them gain insights into their grief and emotions.

5. Communicator:

  • It's essential for the griever to maintain open communication with the therapist. While the art creation is a form of non-verbal communication, verbal sharing about one's feelings, challenges, and experiences enhances the therapeutic experience.

6. Collaborator:

  • The griever and the therapist work together as a team. The facilitator might suggest specific art exercises or themes, but the griever also has a say in their therapeutic journey. Their feedback and preferences can guide the direction of subsequent sessions.

7. Self-Care Advocate:

  • The process of confronting and expressing grief through art can be intense and draining. The griever should be attuned to their own needs, recognizing when they need breaks, and when they might need to delve deeper.

8. Learner:

  • Through art therapy, grievers often learn more about themselves, their grief process, and ways to cope. Being receptive to these learnings and insights can be immensely beneficial.

In essence, the griever's role in an art therapy session is multifaceted. They're not just passive recipients of care but active participants in their own healing journey, using art as a medium to explore, express, and eventually find a path towards healing and acceptance.

creative grieving


 Book creative grieving