When the House of Cards Falls

When the House of Cards Falls

“Why am I so sad?  Everything was okay until recently and nothing happened.” Delayed Grief Sometimes when traumatic events or losses happen we don’t have time to fall apart.  You feel like you have to keep it together for the family, the kids, for...
Questions that Grief Bring Up

Questions that Grief Bring Up

What Does Grief Feel Like? Grief isn’t one feeling.  It isn’t just feelings of sadness.  Grief can include numbness, confusion, anger, shame, guilt, outrage, relief, nostalgia, loneliness, overwhelm, and even happiness to name a few.  Grief can also...
Memorial Projects

Memorial Projects

In grief work in art therapy, I have often assisted my clients to make memorial projects.  These projects can take many forms. For example, the picture above is a small wooden box painted with the portrait of a dear cat.  This box serves as a resting place for the...
Navigating a Path through Grief

Navigating a Path through Grief

This weekend someone asked me, “if there aren’t defined stages and no ‘normal’ grief time period, then how does therapy work?” Great question!   First I would like to talk about the different goals and tasks that people may want to...
7 Common Myths about Grief

7 Common Myths about Grief

Look on the bright side!  Count your blessings!  I’m sure everything happens for a reason.  These are some of the things we hear from well-meaning folk with regards to grieving.  Grief happens to everyone at one point or another, and yet, it’s not something that we...