Finding and healing from the loss of a loved one can be overwhelming and also takes a lot of time. The grieving process can be slow and painful mentally and emotionally. At this writing, the United States and many other nations across the world has been dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic and it's aftermath. Not only are we grieving the many senseless deaths from the virus, but also we have griefed the changes that have up ended our daily lives such as limits on social gatherings, masks, etc. Grief affects us in a variety of ways, whether through death, divorce, break ups, loss of employment, etc.
There are many ways to deal with grief. One way is to lean into our creative practice or activity. Developing a regular creative practice can provide a routine to help us overcome the sadness, depression and emotions that surround us as a result of grief.
Here's some ways on how a creative practice can help us deal with grief:
1. Creative expression helps us express thoughts and feelings we may find hard to put into words. We may find it hard to write or talk out our feelings when dealing with the emotions that affect us due to grief. Doing an artistic or musical activitity helps us to explore our feelings in a way that may be less vulnerable but still effective in our expression.
2. There are a variety options for expression that we can explore to fit our interests or mood. As stated above, we are not limited to the kind of creative expression that we engage in as an outlet for our grief. Whether words are your thing and you write poetry as a result, or use the canvas for painting, the choice we make to work on our healing is still effective.
3. Engaging in creative activities is good for your health. Research has indicated that creative self-expression can help with stress, depression and other emotions associated with grief. The calming affects of creative activities can enable your body to relax, which results in less stress and better health outcomes.
4. Creative self-expression opens doors to connect with other people It provides you with who are grieveing. Creative activity can be done in solititude. However, there are opportunities to participate in group creative classes or activities. If you are interested in writing or visual art, you may consider joining a group with others who may be experiencing loss. By participating in a group or class, you find that you are not alone in your healing journey, and you may connect with new friends and acquaintances that share your creative interests.
Take time to explore the kind of creative activity you wish to engage in or try. Sign up for a class online, in person or watch a YouTube tutorial to try another activity at home. Dedicate some time during the week days or weekends to explore your creative outlet. Give yourself time not only to explore your creative practice but also to work through the grieving process.
Have you use your creative practice to work through grief? How has it helped in your healing process?
Source: Grief and the Power of Creative Expression, https://www.hospicebasics.org/grief-power-of-creative-expression/