Art Therapy to Heal Grief
Those who don’t consider themselves to be artistic may not understand the great release of emotions artists can get when creating a work of art. Rules fall away, and many emotions can come to the surface to be cleared out, including despair, anger, stress, and grief. The process of becoming immersed in an art project can be like a form of meditation, and the project itself is safe self-expression. Because art is open to interpretation, and great creativity usually produces appreciation, art therapy becomes a very helpful form of healing for many people.
Allowing the right brain to take over self-expression and doing something that is uniquely tied to the right brain means that suddenly many emotions can be released through this creative grief art.
The field of art therapy today is designed to help people move through their grief, simply by doing something creative. The goal of using art as therapy is to get someone to become expressive, in any way possible, using art materials.
An art therapist usually has a background in psychology (or counseling) and art. An art therapist’s job is to get you to express yourself while releasing hidden emotions and to better understand your feelings.
One of the goals is for art therapy to be a fun or pleasant experience. Through the process of working on a piece of art, the therapy should allow participants to cope with emotions that may not be pleasant. The art therapist should recognize the help a grieving person needs, and gently guide the person in the direction of learning coping skills.
Art is a beautiful way to heal from the grief of coping with loss, and to experience creativity in the process. There are many professionals around the country who lead grief art workshops in different media – from dance to sculpture, from painting to knitting. Art as therapy can be in whatever form of art a person would like to learn, practice, or experiment with.
Consider how you can use art therapy to relieve feelings of stress, grief, anxiety, or depression. Everlasting Footprint reminds everyone to honor, remember, celebrate, and enjoy life together.