Cope with Grief Through Art Therapy

Posted by: Erin Ward in Grief and Guidance | July 9

When coping with the loss of a loved one, many people turn to art as a meaningful outlet to express their feelings. Plus, it’s also a way to create something special to remember a loved one.

Art therapy can take on many creative mediums, such as sculpture, drawing, painting, and ceramics. Even if you don’t consider yourself an artist, art therapy is still a meaningful way to cope with the grief of losing a loved one.

Here are a few more reasons why you should consider giving art therapy a try!

It’s a Safe Outlet for Coping with Grief

Art is a safe outlet for coping with grief and expressing your emotions. Oftentimes, people may be at a loss for words or have their feelings built up inside, so art allows you to release these emotions and express yourself. It also can help you better understand your emotions.

It Can Help People Address Past Traumas

If someone experienced the tragic death of a loved one, it can help them address this trauma and heal from it. Tragic deaths can include death by suicide, an illness, an accident, the death of a child, or another traumatic circumstance.

It Gives You an Escape

While it isn’t healthy to ignore your grief, art therapy can give you a temporary escape. It can help you relax and find positive thoughts. This way, you can live in the moment instead of being overwhelmed by your grief.

It Boosts Your Overall Wellbeing

Most importantly, art can bring you joy during a difficult time of loss. It’s been found to reduce symptoms of depression, lower stress levels, reduce anxiety and pain, and build self-esteem — all of which are needed when coping with the loss of a loved one.

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