Grief can be an unexpected interruption to life and is a powerful emotion that can be challenging to navigate. It often accompanies loss — loss of a loved one, diagnosis of a terminal illness, moving to a new place, even the ending of a meaningful relationship. A person might find themselves feeling numb and or removed from daily life, unable to carry on with their normal routine while burdened by their sense of loss.

Grief is both universal and personal, and the grief journey is unique to every person. Creativity can be a compelling roadmap for any age to navigate the grief journey. Writing, drawing, painting, capturing beautiful images—all of these creative art forms provide a space to simply “be” as one moves through grief. There are no limits to the imagination in finding innovative ways of expressing grief.

The following digital journal provides different entry points of creativity to assist in coping with the barnacles of grief. It can be adapted to any age, any situation. You can access this resource in different platforms, giving you the flexibility to use as is or revise to best fit your needs. As a process suggestions, consider choosing an activity and making a goal to stick with it for three or four consecutive days for at least 20 minutes per day. The grief journey takes time and giving it the space it needs to unfold can help both children and adults experience deep healing.

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