Layers of emotion exist within us when we experience grief & loss. When my grandmother died I was feeling a lot of different things. I lived with her contributing a lot to her daily care during her final years and we became very close. When she passed I wanted to take care of my mental health and talking to a therapist seemed like the right thing to do...unfortunately, it ended up not being the right fit for me. It wasn't until a few years later that I learned about Therapeutic Art and through my training learned about the value it offers to individuals experiencing loss. This would have been exactly what I was looking for when my grandmother passed. I needed to express and explore I was feeling.
The image above is of a piece I did when I needed to release feelings of grief in response to a community tragedy, the experience helped me move through what I was feeling. Recently I was doing some creative work with someone who lost her mother a few months earlier. After working together she shared that she was able to release some of what she was feeling and holding inside. This is the same thing another client shared after we did an expressive activity together, she said, "it felt like releasing my grief and that some of the pain had melted away."
Grief and loss show up for different reasons; maybe you have moved away from a community you love, left a job unexpectedly, your child moved out of the house, or the passing of a loved one. Creative Work could be of great benefit to your healing, especially if you don't have words to express what you are feeling. If this sounds like you reach out to book a discovery call to see if a private session is right for you.