Creative Expressions of Grief
The aim of counselling is to provide a warm, non-judgemental and trusting environment in which the young person feels listened to and valued. It is important to provide a relationship in which the child feels that over time they can express their feelings and be able to look forward and take part in life again. At Edward’s Trust we work in often quite creative ways to meet the needs of the individual.
Art is a wonderful way to express lots of different emotions which children can feel in their grief. The use of art as a means of expression transcends age, race, culture and gender. This process allows us to understand ourselves more deeply and our place in the world. Art taps into our internal images that hold keys to who we are, what we believe and how we feel. Art makes visible those things which are difficult or too painful to see and express in words. Art allows us to feel and discover new insights into our ‘self’, relationships, memories and life patterns.
Art enables children not only a way of expressing feelings and pain but also supports what is strong and loving and encourages them to live happier and more fulfilled lives. Given the right support and encouragement in expressing and building on memories of their loved one, over time a young person will relocate to a place of hope and reinvestment in their future, and continue to grow into a happy and healthy individual.
These are self-portraits by an 8 year old girl on glass. The right hand side is how she sees herself towards the end of the counselling relationship.