Since my husband almost died last December, I’ve been thinking about what I most enjoy and what I want in life. I began to spend more time writing in my journal and I discovered the one thing I truly love (besides writing and sharing stories) is to create things.
What I’ve done
I’ve done so many courses on bringing something new into the world that didn’t exist before.
Some of the courses I’ve done over my lifetime are:
- Oil painting
- Scrap booking
- Paper Tole
- Making stencils
- Art Therapy
- Sandplay Therapy
- Symbol work therapy
- Teddy bear making
- Porcelain Doll making
- Cottage craft
- Sock making
- Folk Art
- Cake decorating
and the list goes on.
As you can see, I’ve always been creative but I’m not an artist.
Getting to know grief
Grief is complex, deeply personal and unique to the person grieving. Loss can be due to the death of a loved one, the loss of a relationship or job, it can even be the loss of a dream. Grief is filled with overwhelming emotions that can be paralysing because words don’t come easy and emotions are overwhelming. Creativity can lead to unravelling grief to rediscover joy.
Connecting creativity and grief
Let’s explore the connection between creativity and grief because engaging in artistic expression can help you navigate the turbulent seas of loss and eventually learn to live alongside your grief.
How creativity helps
Grief is overwhelming, it’s crying all the time and not being able to get out of bed and that’s okay until you feel the need to find the words to share your grief story. That’s where creativity comes in. It provides a unique outlet for your intense emotions. You can externalise your grief through writing, listening to, or playing music, or any other form of creative expression.
A safe place to land
Creativity is a safe space for your grief to land. It’s a space where you can channel your feelings, help you process and understand your grief. Finally giving your grief an outlet.
You’ve heard the expression of “a picture paints a thousand words, well it’s true.
Words can fall short in expressing the depths of your grief. However, art has a language of its own.
You can communicate the nuances of sorrow and longing through colour, texture, form and melody. Art is powerful, it helps you express the inexpressible. It provides two things, solace and understanding when words fail you and gives you words.
Creativity becomes the bridge between the inner world of grief and the outer world of shared human experiences.
Creativity transforms pain into beauty.
Your raw emotions are moulded into something meaningful and profound.
Grief changes your life forever. By embracing creativity, you can voice your emotions, start conversations and transform your pain into beauty. Creativity helps you process grief, it’s a journey of self-discovery, connecting with others and to rediscover joy and live alongside grief.