“…he will wipe every tear from their eyes. Death will be no more; mourning and crying and pain will be no more, for the first things have passed away” (Revelation 21:4).
Many look forward with joy to a day when death is no more. But sadly, everyone will experience the pain and grief of bereavement at some point. Particularly in the last year, scientists have found that millions of people globally are struggling to process their grief following bereavement, the result of social distancing and the inability to hug and connect with loved ones.
Our usual methods for dealing with loss are temporarily unavailable. How, then, can we offer each other hope and healing during grief? You may be surprised to know that engaging with your creative side can bring you some of the comforts you crave. Scientists have found that activities that keep your hands busy, such as painting, drawing, knitting, or sewing can alter the brain’s chemistry, helping you to feel more positive and resilient.
While every person’s grief experience is unique, what unites us is a need to express our emotions. Using art as an outlet helps us pour out those feelings.
This message is an excerpt from a Women of the ELCA blog by Kat Davies.