Grief is a powerful experience. When we suffer a loss, many of us notice a lack of interest in our normal activities, which may include a number of artistic experiences. The grieving process can be stressful and isolating, among other things. Engaging with art in some way can renew our connection with the world around us and ourselves.
Here are some ways art can help those who are facing a difficult loss.
Art connects you with your environment and community.
Participating in an artistic event, whether it’s attending a local live music concert or theater show, can help you get in touch with your environment and community. Experiencing art alongside family and friends allows for connection to happen over something new. Another great thing to do is to visit a museum exhibition or stop by a local arts and crafts festival. Connecting with art, whether it’s visual art, music, and or sculptures, might help you feel better for a while, even when you’re grieving.
Art connects you with your body.
Making art, whether it’s painting, dancing, or sewing, may help you get in tune with your body in the moment of creation. There’s no need to paint in motion like Jackson Pollock! Simply walking to a park to sketch a beautiful tree or butterfly can be just as active and inspiring as action painting.
Art connects you with your emotions.
Creating or encountering art we appreciate engages us on an emotional level, which can be scary when we’re grieving. In the early days of grief, it’s a good idea to avoid art that may trigger trauma or painful emotional reactions. For some people, this might mean not watching a violent film or listening to a song that reminds them of their missing loved one. Ask for art recommendations from people you trust. A friend or family member may be able to share an artist’s name that helped them get through an intense grieving period.
The grieving process is never easy to endure. Art in a variety of forms can be a great comfort to you in your grief. Reach out to our staff at Nalley-Pickle & Welch about our grief recovery services or to ask any other questions you may have. We’re here for you!