As a fellow traveler on the Grief Journey, this course comes out of my own experiences and from the wealth of interacting I have done with others on this road. The purpose of this class is to help each one of us find glimmers of hope during the darkness of the holiday season after the death of a loved one or other significant personal loss. It is appropriate for those struggling to survive the first holiday and for those who are many years down the road. In addition, although there is a component of faith in these lessons, it is written to be sensitive to the personal beliefs of all who take the course, no matter what their faith backgrounds may or may not be.
Participants do NOT have to be “artistic” or be good at drawing to benefit from this class. We will be using art and writing to sort through our experiences of loss and grief and to document the moments when we remember joy and find hope. People of
ALL creative and artistic levels are welcome here.
Each lesson includes the following:
“An Encouraging Word”– This summary of the weekly focus is based in reality, not sugary platitudes nor shoulds.
Art Project – Written instructions and sample photographs are given for each project made with simple items found around home.
Journal Prompts – Each week offers a variety of quotes and questions to interact with in written or art journal format.
List of Possibilities – Based on each lesson’s theme, this list includes activities and suggestions that have worked for other people who are on the grieving journey.
Extras – Some lessons will include a bonus craft or decoration with instructions and photo.
In addition, there is a private facebook group to allow interactions between those who are taking the course. This is where you can share photos of your projects if desired. This is a place for encouraging and supporting one another, allowing any emotion to be expressed without trying to fix or change each other. I would like to invite those who sign up to request to join a private group on facebook just for participants in this class. It is “Hope for the Holidays_BGU 2015” found at https://www.facebook.com/groups/1086159638063464/