My biggest hope through my artwork and advocacy is to create more awareness on the process of grief and mourning in an avoidance culture. Through this outreach education project, I focus on unresolved grief from death, divorce, and other losses for better reconciliation.
Grief and mourning are often confused or used interchangeably. Grief is the internal feelings of loss, while mourning is the outward expression of internal grief. Grief can arise from any change in a normal pattern and is the normal, natural and PAINFUL emotional reactions to loss or change of ANY kind.
Some examples include:
• Divorce or end of a relationship
• Loss of a career
• Loss of trust
• Loss of faith
• Loss of safety
• Loss of health
• Loss of a sense of self
• Loss from a combination of these elements
This can be very complex.
A problem for many people is that even though grief is the normal & natural reaction to a loss the vast majority of what we learn in our society about dealing with loss is not normal, not natural or helpful. We learn more about how to mend a broken arm, then we do about how to support people grieving.
While grief is normal and natural, most of the information shared within our society about dealing with grief is not normal, natural or helpful. Grief and mourning are the emotional responses to loss, but most of the information we have learned about dealing with loss is intellectual.
Unresolved grief is often about the things we wish we'd said or done differently, better or more. It is also about unrealized hopes, dreams, and experiences we had for the relationship after a loss. Even in the best relationships, we are often left with plans that never got to happen. In negative relationships, the death or loss robs of the possibility of repair, therefore, preventing the relationship from becoming positive. Unresolved grief then becomes about undelivered communications of an emotional nature and how to work through the process of grief.
Your feelings are normal and natural. The problem is that we have been socialized to believe that these feelings are abnormal and unnatural.
I facilitate the Grief Recovery Method® Educational Outreach Program which provides an 8-week class for one hour a week -
What we will discuss:
• Creating a safe environment in which to look at old beliefs about dealing with loss
• Discover what losses have affected your life
• Take new actions to move forward in bereavement with your new narrative
• See how artist throughout history expressed grief and loss
The Grief Recovery Method® Educational Outreach Program is not an occasional, drop-in group. For the safety and success of all participants, commitment and attendance is essential.
The fee for the group 8-week program is $500.00.
The fee for the Individual 7-week program is $655.00.
Also, I am willing to travel to work with you if needed.
- Call or email to set up an intake consultation:
541 - 942 - 4934