• Janeen Mary Chasan

Part 4 of 4: Art Making For Grief

Dear Subscriber,

Here we are at Part 4 in the 4 part series, emotional numbness versus flooding, and how to cope.

In the last post, I talked all about the benefits of creative writing to healing grief. I gave you six journaling techniques that you can implement right away, that will be super helpful to you on your grief journey. If you missed, you can check it out here.

In the first post in the series, I gave a little overview on emotional numbness in grief, and specifically why that happens, and how it can serve us while we're grieving. If you missed it, you can check it out here.

In the second post in this series, I gave an overview on emotional flooding and what happens when the anesthesia of our defense mechanisms wears off and you began feeling again. If you missed it, you can check it out here.

In todays video, I talk all about the benefits of art making.

Since I'm a creative arts therapist, I utilize art making all the time with my clients.

So this coping tool and technique is super close to my heart not only because it's helped me on my own grief journey but I have seen it help lots and lots of people that I work with one on one .

When you make art, it taps into the side of the brain that controls and houses our emotions.

So naturally, we have a tornado of all these different emotions that are happening when we lose a loved one and they're a little bit difficult to make sense of and even more difficult to communicate in words alone.

That's why making art is so healing and beneficial to give form to the emotions that we're feeling.

When we make art, we discover new things about ourselves.

Art making allows people grieving to work through different memories and emotions that are too painful to process with words alone.

You might have the right words to express your feelings but it might be too painful to actually speak about it. So making art, it's a much safer way to express painful feelings associated to grief.

Art making allows people to reflect on their journey over time. It creates a visual representation of the grief process.

Making art is also relaxing and it helps to regulate your nervous system.

I suggest putting on some music, sit quietly and just create.

When we experience the loss of a loved one, especially at the very beginning, we experience the feeling of losing control. Some people may also have the sense of feeling like their life has no purpose.

When art making is integrated into your daily life on a regular basis, you can experience a sense of control and a renewed sense of meaning in your life.

When you make art, you're having a conversation with your inner self.

Some art techniques that i go into further detail in the video are:

  • Visualizing your emotions

  • Create a gestural image

  • Scribble drawings

  • Create a family portrait

  • Intitive Painting

  • Create a slideshow


Love to you,

Janeen Mary Chasan LCAT ATR-BC

Licensed, Registered and Board Certified Creative Arts Therapist

Filmmaker, Podcaster and Online Educator


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